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Wed May 9, 2012, 01:31 PM

Fox Now Asking: Is The Drop In Gas Prices A Bad Thing?

Earlier this year, Fox News hyped the rise in gasoline prices, blaming President Obama even though experts agree that worldwide market factors, not U.S. policies, set gas prices. So what is Fox saying now that gas prices are falling?





Seriously.

You know who else sees the drop in gas prices as a bad thing? Republican strategists who were hoping to reap the political benefits of high gas prices at the polls this year.


Read more: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201205090010

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Reply Fox Now Asking: Is The Drop In Gas Prices A Bad Thing? (Original post)
Galraedia May 2012 OP
TBMASE May 2012 #1
ProSense May 2012 #3
TBMASE May 2012 #6
ProSense May 2012 #13
ProfessorGAC May 2012 #25
savalez May 2012 #29
Uncle Joe May 2012 #4
TBMASE May 2012 #7
awoke_in_2003 May 2012 #35
Uncle Joe May 2012 #40
awoke_in_2003 May 2012 #52
Zalatix May 2012 #8
Uncle Joe May 2012 #12
SoutherDem May 2012 #15
AlbertCat May 2012 #50
BoWanZi May 2012 #16
meow2u3 May 2012 #22
ProudToBeBlueInRhody May 2012 #36
abelenkpe May 2012 #2
annabanana May 2012 #5
WI_DEM May 2012 #9
SoutherDem May 2012 #10
Canuckistanian May 2012 #11
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2012 #14
Downtown Hound May 2012 #17
sarcasmo May 2012 #37
Iliyah May 2012 #18
Richardo May 2012 #19
leftyohiolib May 2012 #51
silverweb May 2012 #20
malaise May 2012 #21
Populist_Prole May 2012 #23
Kingofalldems May 2012 #24
2ndAmForComputers May 2012 #41
Chemisse May 2012 #26
NickB79 May 2012 #27
Lucky Luciano May 2012 #39
jwirr May 2012 #28
and-justice-for-all May 2012 #30
cstanleytech May 2012 #31
Nine May 2012 #32
SomethingFishy May 2012 #53
guss May 2012 #33
Historic NY May 2012 #34
Rosa Luxemburg May 2012 #38
applegrove May 2012 #42
Marr May 2012 #43
Zoeisright May 2012 #44
iloveObama12 May 2012 #45
The Wizard May 2012 #46
Ganja Ninja May 2012 #47
Courtesy Flush May 2012 #48
Scurrilous May 2012 #49

Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:33 PM

1. A drop in prices means people will go back to their

 

previous driving habits instead of looking for ways to reduce their fuel consumption and carbon output.

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:37 PM

3. No, it doesn't

It means Republicans are hypocrites and liars.

GOP: ‘You Think We’re Going To Have A Press Conference Now To Congratulate The Administration For Decreasing Gas Prices?’

By Joe Romm

The GOP’s plan to blame Obama’s policies for rising gasoline prices has run into one small bump in the road. Gasoline prices have dropped $0.15 a gallon in the past month, to $3.79 per gallon this week, down from its peak of $3.94 in early April, according to The Energy Information Administration.

- more -

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/09/480699/gop-have-a-press-conference-now-to-congratulate-the-administration-for-decreasing-gas-prices/

Say it with me: Republicans suck!

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Response to ProSense (Reply #3)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:46 PM

6. Well that too

 

but with higher prices, the SUVs start getting dumped and the smaller, more fuel efficient cars start to be purchased.

A lot of people I know can't afford to drive their big SUVs and Trucks and are now carpooling or buying smaller cars. I don't see how a drop in prices will get the same results

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #6)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:57 PM

13. You know

Well that too

but with higher prices, the SUVs start getting dumped and the smaller, more fuel efficient cars start to be purchased.

lot of people I know can't afford to drive their big SUVs and Trucks and are now carpooling or buying smaller cars. I don't see how a drop in prices will get the same results

...the first group already changed the habit permanently. The second group knows, and it will take a hell of a lot more than a few cents to revert to bad habits.

Another thing, vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient. IOW, Fox is full of shit.

What I don't understand is the need to use this bullshit report by Fox and a slight drop in gas prices to make a point about "fuel consumption." It's almost in tacit agreement with the "bad thing" claim.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #13)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:14 PM

25. I Agree With That

The "dumping" of SUV's is overhyped. Lots of people couldn't afford to, since they overspent on their beast.

Those that could dumped them, and then others bought them as cheap used cars. So, the SUV's weren't dumped at all. They just have different owners now.

And, you're right: The monofocus on consumption ends up making strange bedfellows because posters, like the one to whom you were responding, didn't really think things through. Demand is not really down that much, so high gas prices didn't affect driving as much as it inhibited the economy because people were not spending that extra money on other discretionary items.

High gas prices are bad for everyone, and low gas prices don't stimulate driving. The data just doesn't exist.
GAC

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Response to ProSense (Reply #3)

Wed May 9, 2012, 06:04 PM

29. 3, 2, 1

"Republicans suck!"

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:40 PM

4. Is that what FOX "News" is saying, they're concerned about carbon output!?



I don't believe the people will go back to their previous driving habits unless the price of gas drops by a couple of dollars a gallon and I don't see that happening.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #4)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:47 PM

7. I have no idea what Fox is saying

 

this is what I'm observing with my neighbors and friends.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #4)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:25 PM

35. Higher gas prices can hurt...

a sitting president in an election year. This takes an arrow out of the Romney's quiver.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #35)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:54 PM

40. I agree with that and I have no doubt that's why FOX "News" is focusing

on a perceived negative aspect.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #40)

Thu May 10, 2012, 06:24 PM

52. I wouldn't doubt it...

if they said killing Bin Laden was a bad thing.

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:48 PM

8. Sadly, yes that is quite true.

 

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #8)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:51 PM

12. Not unless the price of gas drops dramatically more than it has

and as I posted up thread, I don't see that happening.

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:16 PM

15. Your right

Every time I think the SUV is destined to a display in the Natural History Museum next to the T-Rex it rises from it's ashes like a phoenix.

What I am concerned about is the price which causes them to be "endangered" keep going up.

I remember when gas hit the outrageous price of $1, $2, $2.50, $3, and $3.50 or more. Each time the SUV (large land yacht before the SUV) is deemed doomed then prices fall a little, usually just about 25% of the increase and they are back as strong as ever.

Also, as the SUV is on its death bed people buy small cars and they are the envy of the party but they quickly become the wallflower.

I ordered a smart during one of the time periods that the SUV was on the "endangered" list by the time it was delivered the SUV was strong and well, and many people thought I was crazy to drive such a small, two seat car. Recently, I have had people with SUVs next to me at the gas pumps show envy for my being able to leave without having to mortgage my house to pay for my gas. I guess I soon will be thought of as crazy again.

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Response to SoutherDem (Reply #15)

Thu May 10, 2012, 12:18 PM

50. I think the SUV is destined to a display in the Natural History Museum next to the T-Rex

Well.... who championed the SUV? Who "allowed" it to even be a "thing"... just to get around laws applied to trucks? Who told us to go spend like we always have?


It wasn't the Dems.

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:17 PM

16. A drop in gas prices helps the poor people who can't afford changing their cars or jobs on a whim

That is the most important reason why i want to see gas prices drop.

I see how much higher gas prices hurt people with low income jobs who have to travel pretty far. Not everyone can change their habits and buy a vehicle on a whim which gets much better gas prices.

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:35 PM

22. A drop in gas prices means people will be able to feed their families

instead of Big Oil.

Republicans don't like to see people happy. The GOTP is so sadistic and evil that they think it's a sport to make people suffer.

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Response to TBMASE (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:27 PM

36. If you think FOX NOISE gives a fuck about that....

....I've got a show called the 700 Club you might want to check out.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:34 PM

2. In fox news land anything accomplished under a dem administration

Is bad and scary.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:43 PM

5. Oh sweet jebus.. Is ANYONE buying this?

ANYONE? really. .

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:49 PM

9. Yes, for Republicans--which is why FAUX is sad.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:50 PM

10. Aren't they the same thing?

"Republican strategists who were hoping to reap the political benefits of high gas prices at the polls this year." Isn't that the definition of FOX News?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:50 PM

11. Oh, sweet Jesus

Where oil is concerned, you're NEVER going to get a rational response from conservatives.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:13 PM

14. Oh bless them.

Fuck's Noise is so upset while the rest of the country is at least breathing a sigh of relief.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:18 PM

17. We have always been at war with Eastasia. n/t

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Response to Downtown Hound (Reply #17)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:28 PM

37. Fox newspeak, they can't bash President Obama on gas prices.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:26 PM

18. Bad for Fake news;

good for us; who care from the rich.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:31 PM

19. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! *inhale*

HAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!

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Response to Richardo (Reply #19)

Thu May 10, 2012, 12:48 PM

51. my response xactly ahahhhahahhahahahahahahahhhahahahhaahhwhhwhahwhwhwhushdjuhschn dolcv

 

EPIC FAIL aaaaaaaaaaaahahhahahhahhhahahahhahahahahah

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:32 PM

20. Surprise!

And I'll bet nobody saw that reaction coming, huh?



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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:34 PM

21. Good for humanity

Bad for ReTHUGs and their hacks

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:09 PM

23. So reflexively anti-Obama they'd rather drown with the GOP than swim with a Dem

Stupid asses. Reminds me of the Daffy Duck / Buggs Bunny exchange as shotgun wielding Elmer Fudd looks on:

DD: "Rabbit season!"

BB: "Duck season!"

DD: "Rabbit season!"

BB: "Duck season!"

DD: "Rabbit season!"

Buggs: "Rabbit season"

Dduck: "Duck season!!'

BLAM!!! as Elmer Fudd blasts Daffy Duck.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:12 PM

24. What next? '100% employment is anti American.'

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #24)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:13 PM

41. Pundits DID argue that low unemployment was bad during the Clinton years.

Seriously.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:33 PM

26. Oh I remember this theme!

This must have been dusted off from when the gas prices were soaring under W.

Yes, it turned out that high gas prices were actually a good thing.

Then they got bad again when it happened to Obama.

Fox must be pleased to have a camera-ready story that their dim-witted viewers will not remember seeing before.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:58 PM

27. The reason gas is dropping is due to bad economic numbers and falling oil prices

And why are oil prices falling? Because Europe is re-entering recession and US and Chinese economic output is slowing.

It's a potential sign that global demand for oil is dropping like it did in 2008, which would indicate another global recession might be in the making.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #27)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:55 PM

39. Yep...not dropping for the right reason. nt

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 05:52 PM

28. LOL these idiots need to be laughed out of the airways.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 06:15 PM

30. They are so fucking absurd....

Fortune 500 companies made a combined 16% profit from last year.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:21 PM

31. Dont be surprised if the price at the pump suddenly rises just before the election. nt

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:30 PM

32. We all remember the Daily Show bit on the RNC talking point of *high* gas prices, right?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/01/1069337/-Jon-Stewart-exposes-RNC-collusion-memo-to-Fox-News-on-economic-talking-points

"Dart him! Dart him!"

I sooo hope Jon Stewart replays that and contrasts it with the new "gas prices are too low" angle.

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Response to Nine (Reply #32)

Thu May 10, 2012, 07:29 PM

53. How do they do that with a straight face? n/t

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:36 PM

33. holy moly fox gas station is suffering

Fox news is acting like they need to sell gas at a higher price like a station in a Gas Wars, . Obama is undercutting them Whaaaaaa. we need profit for our overlords so we can give our Koch Masters, a platform... those poor billionaires are weaken from illegal spying and Fox slavery .... whaaaaaa... not fair.. oil is blood and we need a transfusion. Obama not playing ball.
Whaaaaaa. we gonna take our ball and go home. we need u to love us cus we have to replace the hate we sent out for years. they filp flop more then a half dead fish on a hot plate..

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:06 PM

34. PSST FOX is in the tank for RMONEY, they want high $$$ for gas,.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:29 PM

38. a drop of gas prices is due to same sex marriage

Fox says it's bad

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:34 PM

42. Plus all those rich big wigs who have invested heavily in the oil industry (stocks & futures).

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That is who fox is really broadcasting for afterall when they ask 'are lower gas prices a bad thing'.. I thought the GOP were a little subdued and fair to Obama when oil prices were high. Didn't they say it wasn't his fault? Seems the rich truly are disconnected from regular Americans who find high gas prices hard to live with. Seems fox really is the propaganda arm of the rich investors. Seems the GOP wants high gas prices for more than just political reasons: they have their investment portfolios to worry about.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:38 PM

43. God, they're absurd. /nt

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:59 PM

44. What a bunch of fucking hypocrites.

I'm amazed their heads don't spin around 360 degrees. Hell, they probably do when they're not sneering on the air.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 12:58 AM

45. Are U Kiddin Me!

these folks are something else

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:10 AM

46. The cognitive dissonance

it burns.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:17 AM

47. Oh good lord.

It's no wonder people who watch FOX get dumber and dumber the more they watch.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:31 AM

48. I love how they talk about the $1.84 gas price

Yes, gas cost $1.84 when Obama took office, but we had been paying the highest prices in history up until the second half of 2008. As the election neared, prices mysteriously plummeted. It seems very well orchestrated to me.

Prices never returned to those record Bush era highs under Obama.


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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 12:09 PM

49. ROFL

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