There is a form of emotional and mental abuse known as “gaslighting” in which an abuser works to psychologically manipulate their victim(s) into questioning their own sanity and beliefs.
President Joe Biden, his administration, and their media allies — chief among them CNN — have been notorious for gaslighting the American people, most recently on the topic of inflated gas prices, but many Americans are now calling out and pushing back against that pernicious form of abuse, Fox News reported.
Indeed, after gas prices had more than doubled since Biden took office, the White House and its cheerleaders at CNN have attempted to celebrate and claim credit for recent relatively modest reductions in the average price per gallon that is nonetheless still much higher than it was in January 2021.
CNN said what?!?
“Next time you stop at a gas station, think of it as a $100-a-month tax cut. Or a maybe $100-a-month raise,” CNN‘s Chris Isidore wrote Friday in a piece that heralded falling gas prices as “an unexpected form of economic stimulus” for a nation amid a fiscal crunch of price inflation and possible recession.
“Since hitting a record of $5.02 a gallon on June 14, the national average price for regular gas is down $1.10, or 22 percent, to $3.92, according to AAA. That average has now fallen for 67 consecutive days,” he continued. “Since the typical US household uses about 90 gallons of gas a month, the $1.10 drop in prices equals a savings of $98.82.”
Isidore went on to cite economists who suggested that “A $1 decrease in gas prices equals about $125 billion a year in savings for US households, or more than $10 billion a month,” and further suggested that those savings, paired with reduced transportation costs for goods and futures contracts indicating a continued drop in gas prices, could lead to reduced price inflation overall and help avoid an economic recession.
Gaslighting on Biden’s behalf
All of that, however, is little more than positive spin and gaslighting on behalf of the Biden administration by CNN, as was duly noted by many conservative and independent commentators on social media, Fox News reported.
Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tweeted, “CNN just makes it so easy for its critics. This is some next-level gaslighting.”
“Or you can consider it a $100 a month tax hike from where prices were early in 2021…,” conservative pundit AG Hamilton wrote in response to CNN, and added, “Price went up ~$2.40 per gallon to a peak around 5 since March 2021. They have now come down about half of that. Obviously a decrease is good, but seems weird to celebrate families paying so much more from where things were just 1.5 years ago.”
Price went up ~$2.40 per gallon to a peak around 5 since March 2021. They have now come down about half of that. Obviously a decrease is good, but seems weird to celebrate families paying so much more from where things were just 1.5 years ago. pic.twitter.com/vYaW4mRnqj
— AG (@AGHamilton29) August 19, 2022
CNN just following Biden’s lead
Both Fox News and Twitchy shared numerous tweets that slammed CNN and Isidore for so clearly carrying the Biden administration’s water in terms of attempting to make the American people disregard their own personal financial struggles and believe that everything was better now because gas prices had fallen around half as much as it had initially increased.
Of course, CNN was simply doing what President Biden and his White House have done themselves over the past couple of months, as noted in July by the Washington Examiner, in attempting to take credit for falling gas prices after spending more than a year attempting to dodge any responsibility for increasing gas prices with a variety of ignorant and unbelievable excuses and blame-shifting.