Hillary 10, Falling Gas Prices 1

CORRECTION: An earlier post incorrectly said none of the evening newscasts carried a mention of the falling gas prices. I apologize for the error.

Gasoline costs nearly 20 cents less than it did the same time last year, but the good news merited only a passing mention on the night before President Bush’s State of the Union address. By contrast, the networks spent more than 10 minutes combined interviewing 2008 presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).

"The price of gasoline fell by 6 cents last week to an average of about $2.16 a gallon nationwide – a 14-cent decline over three weeks,” the Associated Press reported January 22. AAA's Fuelgaugereport.com, which displays data from the Oil Price Information Service, shows similar data.

"Retail gasoline prices have fallen 17 cents from this time last year," and the price of crude oil has also been on a downward track, "down 86 cents at $51.13 a barrel Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange," the AP reported.

ABC's Charles Gibson mentioned the drop in a 15-second bit on "World News," while CBS and NBC had no time for that good news. Each network, however, gave the junior senator considerable air time on its January 22 broadcast.

ABC anchor Gibson gave the former first lady the most face time with 5 minutes and 9 seconds in a satellite interview on "World News." NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’s Katie Couric gave Clinton about the same time as a full-length news report. Clinton’s taped sit-down with Couric lasted 2 minutes and 40 seconds, while Williams’ taped in-studio chat was 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Syndicated from a story posted on the MRC's BusinessandMedia.org

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.