CBS's Harry Smith Admits the Media Were a Bit Alarmist About Gas Prices

Harry's finally catching on:

CBS News veteran Harry Smith finally confessed something that the Business & Media Institute (BMI) have reported for a while and his colleagues elsewhere in the media have already picked up on: gas prices are on a downward trend.

"It seems like a month ago we were all screaming with our hair on fire about the price of gas going over $3, no end in sight. And now it looks like it's dropping like a stone," CBS’s Harry Smith marveled on the August 31 edition of "The Early Show."

"What's happening?" he then asked of oil expert Tom Kloza.

Of course other media outlets have picked up on this long before he did:


More than two weeks ago, BMI reported how the media anticipated worst-case scenarios with gas prices in the coming weeks, including one NBC reporter’s prediction that gas would reach $3.50 a gallon.


On August 28, CBS’s rival network ABC noticed a two-week decline in gas prices. "The Energy Department reports the average price of gas fell by 8 cents a gallon for the second consecutive week to $2.85. Analysts say supplies of gas are now abundant, and that’s driving prices down," anchor Charles Gibson reported on "World News." An article the next day in The Washington Post cited similar numbers from the private Lundberg Survey.

For more, including some video, see my article at the MRC's Business & Media Institute Web site.
Economy Oil & Gas Prices CBS Early Show

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