The Duality of Fox News on Gas Prices

THEN: Back in 2008, Fox News pundits and contributors were eager to deflect criticism of the Bush administration, pointing out the myriad of global market factors contributing to the steep rise in gas prices at the time. Conservative columnist Cal Thomas quite rightly stated that, “no president has the power to increase or to lower gas prices.”

Various commenters observed that increased exploitation of domestic resources (e.g., drilling in Alaska’s Anwar Reserve) would be “literally a drop in the bucket” with no effect on prices (so much for the “Drill baby, drill” strategy). Heck, back then, Bill O’Reilly even suggested that rather than just complaining about the high price of gas, his viewers should “cut back, sell those SUVs, ride a bike when you can!” I know… it’s hard to believe he actually said that. Thank goodness for video!

NOW: President Obama’s “anti-American energy policy” is directly responsible for rising gas prices!!!

Unfortunately, the pesky FACTS of the matter completely contradict the assertions of Fox so-called News. In truth, domestic production is up significantly and dependence on foreign oil is down from the Bush era.