21 Mar '12, 6pm

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Painful source: Why can't the media get gas prices right? Media coverage of gas prices has made me want to smash my head on my desk. So it was with some amusement that I read the first paragraph of Politico’s piece on how dumb voters are : Voters are appalled at President Barack Obama’s handling of gas prices , even though virtually every policy expert in both parties says there’s little a president can do to affect the day-to-day price of fuel in a global market. Ha ha stupid voters! Where do they get such bad information? As Politico says, the U.S. president has virtually no control over gas prices. Time’s Bryan Walsh lays it out clearly here (in an entirely factual piece that is nonetheless labeled “viewpoint”). Gas prices are tightly linked to oil prices, which are set by forces over which the U.S. has little control. This is something that energy experts and analysts ...

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