CNN, ABC, MSNBC, CBS journos hype Biden gas tax holiday, now claim president can affect prices: ‘No-brainer’

Di giovedì, several journalists and guests across the media broke rank from their colleagues and touted the three-month tax suspension as a positive development for those looking to catch a break on gas prices.

MSNBC “Buongiorno Joe” was one of several shows defending the president, taking the opportunity to criticize Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who called the ideasilly.Both Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough quickly pushed past the fact that the idea received a lukewarm reaction from many Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

He wants to cut taxes on fuel prices when people are suffering, why is that a silly idea?” Scarborough asked.

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President Joe Biden speaks about gas prices in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, mercoledì, giugno 22, 2022, a Washington.

President Joe Biden speaks about gas prices in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, mercoledì, giugno 22, 2022, a Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

You can’t just like criticize everything,” Brzezinski said.

Scarborough said Biden wants to give Americanssome money backat the pump and suggested that McConnell believes it is silly tohelp working-class Americans.He repeated that Biden was set on helping middle-class Americans twice more, before Brzezinski asked if Republicans had any solutions themselves.

In the words of Alfie Solomons, no-no-no,” Scarborough replied, giving his best Peaky Blinders impersonation.

CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe similarly appeared to side with the president when he reported that Democrats doubt the federal tax holiday would help Americans whocould really use it.

You’d think lawmakers would want to help Americans save a little gas money, especially this close to midterm elections, but both Democrats and Republicans, throwing up some roadblocks,” O’Keefe ha aggiunto.

ABC News correspondent Brad Mielke called the gas tax proposal by Biden ano-brainerand said he was confused to see politicians from both sides of the aisle push back on the idea.

Why would it be difficult to get a consensus? Because drivers—I mean this sounds great,” Mielke said, as the rest of the panel laughed. Moments later he questioned what kind of voteris not going to love this [proposta].”

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Fuel prices at a Chevron gas station in Menlo Park, California, NOI, di giovedì, giugno 9, 2022. Stratospheric Fuel prices have broken records for at least seven days with the average cost of fuel per gallon hitting $  4.96 as of June 8, according to the American Automobile Association.

Fuel prices at a Chevron gas station in Menlo Park, California, NOI, di giovedì, giugno 9, 2022. Stratospheric Fuel prices have broken records for at least seven days with the average cost of fuel per gallon hitting $ 4.96 as of June 8, according to the American Automobile Association. (Fotografo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

There is currently an 18.4 cents-a-gallon tax on gas and a 24.4 cents-a-gallon federal tax on diesel fuel. If the gas savings were fully passed onto consumers, which is unlikely, people would save around 3.6% at the pump should gas prices continue to average $ 5 a gallon in the U.S.

Biden’s push faces uphill odds in Congress, which must act in order to suspend the tax, and where many lawmakers, including some in his own party, have expressed reservations. Even many economists view the idea of a gas tax holiday with skepticism.

Administration officials said the $ 10 billion cost of the gas tax holiday would be paid for and the Highway Trust Fund kept whole, even though the gas taxes make up a substantial source of revenue for the fund.

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The Biden administration canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease sales pending before the Department of the Interior in May, as Americans face record-high prices at the pump, according to AAA.

The Biden administration canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease sales pending before the Department of the Interior in May, as Americans face record-high prices at the pump, according to AAA. (Fox News)

The idea has long been criticized by politicians, including former president Barack Obama, chi in 2008 as a White House candidate called the idea agimmick.

Ma, while some journalists and guests of the media are now propping up Biden’s attempt to make any dent in searing gas prices, the media has long claimed that the president has no effect on what Americans pay to fill their tank.

In Aprile, CNBC senior Washington correspondent Eamon Javers said on MSNBC’sHallie Jackson Reportsthat the Biden administration does not have adialto turn down the rising cost of gasoline, or other products impacted by inflation.

There’s no dial in the Oval Office that turns inflation up or turns it down, destra? Non credo che stia gestendo questo paese come dovrebbe, come [lui è] sitting there at the White House, doesn’t have a lot of really great options,” Javers said.

Just days earlier, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, “No policymaker has a dial that you can just turn up or down that you can just control things like oil prices and gas price. Guarda, folks are impatient, folks are looking for solutions. We get that.

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A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, giugno 10, 2022. Wall Street stocks fell sharply early on June 10 following fresh data showing surging consumer prices that quashed hopes inflation would quickly abate.

A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, giugno 10, 2022. Wall Street stocks fell sharply early on June 10 following fresh data showing surging consumer prices that quashed hopes inflation would quickly abate. ((Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Foto di SAUL LOEB / AFP tramite Getty Images))

Di domenica, Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampbell appeared to echo the words of Javers and Buttigieg.

“Il presidente non ha un quadrante speciale super-segreto sulla sua scrivania che possa regolare i prezzi del gas, ma molti elettori credono diversamente,” lei scrisse.

A novembre, CNN featured a prime example of the media’s mixed messaging on whether a president has any agency when it comes to altering gas prices.

Al tempo, CNN Business senior writer Julia Horowitz wrote an article titled, “Why Joe Biden can’t do much to ease gas prices,” and claimed in the piece that the Biden administration’s ability to leverage the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would do little to impact gas prices.

Una settimana dopo, the same writer touted a small slip in the price of gas, urging readers in the headline toThank China and Joe Biden.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn ha contribuito a questo rapporto.

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