Strike one, Strike two…
‘The Early Show’s’ Julie
Chen misreports gas prices two days in a row, two different ways.
By R. Warren
September 7, 2005
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‘The Early Show’ viewers are experiencing an unusual form of pain at
the pump. For two days running, CBS’s Julie Chen has misreported gas
prices, each time claiming highs that have not occurred, with the
record high the second day lower than the previous day’s reported
Â Â Â Â The latest incident happened as nationwide gas prices
have plateaued and many experts predict them to drop. But on the
September 7 broadcast she claimed, “Lawmakers fear drivers are being
ripped-off at the gas pump. Since Katrina, prices have risen 46
cents to a new high of $3.07 a gallon. That has prompted senators to
call emergency hearings.”
Â Â Â Â Chen’s error comes one day after she and Hannah Storm
both misstated the national high.
Chen stated, “Since the storm hit, almost 70 percent of normal
oil production has been shut down. And that, of course, has had a
dramatic effect on gas prices. According to AAA, gas has gone up 75
cents. That puts the average cost of regular unleaded at $3.20 a
gallon.” That was one day before the new “high” of $3.07.
Â Â Â Â In fact, average gas prices stayed at $3.04 a gallon
according to AAA’s
Report. Chen’s claim of $3.07 would have been a new high for
2005 and just four cents away from the inflation-adjusted record
high of $3.11 set in the early ’80s.