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Gasoline Prices Rising

The lamestream media told you:
Gas prices have gone up at least twenty cents everywhere, the AP reports with a straight face in a story with no byline.

"Concerns over falling gasoline inventories from decreased refinery production and fewer imports have boosted oil and gasoline prices lately," they say. The government reported that gas inventories dropped by more than analysts had expected, AP says in a brief squib.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Anyone who drives, walks or rides public transit can see the big signs with big gas prices getting bigger, so saying the price went up hardly qualifies as news, unnamed analysts say.

"The bafflegab about 'concerns' and 'refinery production' do little more than hide any semblance of news, and sounds like old-world communists managing the public with mindless verbiage," critics point out. "Wheat production is up in sector four," while the public starves.

To qualify as news, the report would need to tell who has these concerns, who is in charge of raising the prices everywhere (a complete mystery to American "news" consumers), and why the people in charge imported less oil and refined less gasoline, deliberately forcing these increases. Prices, as people know, do not increase themselves. The rumor that imports were lowered so prices would rise could not be confirmed at press time.

"We're being soaked, and the media is hiding the culprits," says one gasoline user who owns a pickup and an SUV.

The AAA, often quoted when fuel prices rise, is a private consumer club of drivers and has no direct connection to fuel prices, oil giants or the perpetrators. "But the publicity is good for the club," one AAA member noted.

Why the government would report gasoline inventory numbers, when private industry manages the supplies, refining, inventories and pricing, was unexplained by the AP, as usual. In the interest of fairness, it should be explained that reporters are encouraged by their bosses to rely on official sources.

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