Networks Pump Up Gas Prices

New from the Business & Media Institute

The Picture of Hype
How much is gas at your corner station? Tack on another 75 cents and thats probably the price the networks will be showing on the screen. A new Business & Media Institute analysis found four out of five images shown in gas price stories were higher than the national average at the time up to $3.25 higher. Its just the latest chapter in the televised gas hysteria.

Media at Large: Networks Images Pump Up Gas Prices
Dan Gainor, the director of the Business & Media Institute, indicts the networks for putting an additional scare tax on gasoline by showing stations with extreme prices.
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Scorn on the Bayou: the Political Economics of Katrina
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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly tracks the best and worst media coverage of business and economics. Readers are invited to submit suggestions or news tips to Director Dan Gainor.
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Hurricane Katrina

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Research: A team of Heritage Foundation scholars addresses ways to make President Bushs Katrina recovery plans a reality.

Free Market

Commentary: James K. Glassman explains why extra taxes on oil companies profits wont do anything to calm angry gasoline consumers.

Research: Though the media refer to tax cuts as a cost to the government, repealing the tax cuts would actually cost America dearly in jobs and the overall economy.

Commentary: All eyes have been on China lately, but dont forget Japan its still the worlds second-largest economy.

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Health Care

Commentary: Hollywoods The Constant Gardener is the latest attack on the pharmaceutical industry.


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Research: Its time for the IMF and the World Bank to reconsider the U.N.s Millennium Development Goals.