A conservative media watchdog organization says the mainstream television networks are once again demonstrating their liberal bias in their coverage of the recent skyrocketing gas prices. The Business and Media Institute (BMI) of the Media Research Center has been tracking network news coverage of the recent spike in gasoline prices brought on by continuing unrest in the Middle East. BMI’s study found that the average price hit $3.36 a gallon on February 28, which The Associated Press reports was the highest-ever national average for the month of February. Julia Seymour, an assistant editor/analyst for BMI, says it should come as no shock how the media has covered the recent gas hikes in comparison to similar spikes in 2008.
“Comparing a 20-day time period in 2008 to a 24-day time period in February 2011, where prices were rising at basically the same rate, Bush was mentioned 15 times more often than President Obama in those stories,” she observes. According to Seymour, the networks have failed to mention Obama’s “anti-oil” actions.
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