You’re not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq–but corporate media can’t stop talking about oil and Iraq.
Case in point: NBC Nightly News (6/21/14), where anchor Kate Snow introduced a segment like this:
We’re back with a look at gas prices in this country, which have been soaring in the last couple of weeks as the conflict in Iraq escalates. AAA says the turmoil in Iraq is likely to keep prices high this summer.
And correspondent Kristen Dahlgren gave the specifics:
With tensions in Iraq, gas prices have skyrocketed. The national average: $3.68 a gallon, almost ten cents more than this time last year.
Hmmm, let’s see–a ten-cent rise from $3.58 is 2.8 percent over the course of a year. If actual skyrockets rose that slowly, you probably injure the spectators.