CNN host Don Lemon is literally singing the praises of a purported seven-cent drop in gas prices.
In a cringeworthy segment on his cable show that it seems hardly anyone watches outside of clips that occasionally gain traction on social media, the celebratory Lemon (or Luh-Mon, as Tucker Carlson calls him) described the practically infinitesimal price decrease as “big economic relief” for millions of Americans.
“The cost at the pump finally easing up. The national average for a gallon of regular falling to $3.35, the lowest since October,” Lemon claimed
“Just look at that,” he noted, putting a chart on the screen that showed a gallon costing $3.42 last month and $3.39 last week. At that point, Lemon let loose with what is being described as a “serenade,” or a “chorus noise” or some sort of embarrassing warbling.
“And the government is forecasting gas will drop to three dollars and one cent by January,” he continued.
Lemon then brought on former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee who lamented that he should have waited a few days before spending $64 to fill up his tank (presumably, Goolsbee only would have had to shell out about $63 or so instead.)
“Can we just celebrate some good news just for a minute; I’ll take it where I can get it,” Lemon said, tossing it Goolsbee.
Goolsbee attributed the gas price drop to a related drop in oil prices, Biden’s decision to release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (which only constituted two or three days of supply), and that OPEC has backed off on restricting oil output.
“But gas prices are highly variable,” he conceded. “They go up; they go down. By next summer, they’ll probably be up again.”
Lemon agreed. “I’ve been on this earth long enough to see really high gas prices and really low gas prices…you’re right; they fluctuate a lot.”
The liberal Lemon probably never would acknowledge that the U.S. achieved energy independence under ex-President Donald Trump, who previously deemed Lemon the dumbest man on television.
The segment, which Nicholas Fondacaro of the Media Research Center characterized as “state-run media,” comes as reports have surfaced that Biden surrogates are quietly meeting with major newsrooms “to try to reshape economic coverage” in the administration’s favor.
It remains to be seen if Lemon will follow colleague Chris Cuomo out the door for a lapse in journalistic ethics (if that concept even exists anymore) after it was revealed during the Jussie Smollett trial that he allegedly tipped off the actor that the police were skeptical of his account of the supposed hate crime attack.
Lemon is also being sued for an alleged sexual assault in a case that is expected to be heard in early 2022.
Before the episode aired, Lemon asked his Twitter followers “What do dropping gas prices and skyrocketing stocks mean for you?” which prompted some degree of mockery.
What does your days at CNN are numbered mean to you?
— kim (@kimediantavares) December 8, 2021
What does helping Jussie mean for YOU?
— Surfnsnowboard3 (@surfnsnowboard3) December 8, 2021
What does your buddy Chris Cuomo being fired by your network mean? We’re all waiting for your informative insights on this? Well ?????
— Bill Shaw (@kbkshaw) December 8, 2021
Where are gas prices going down?? It just jumped 6 cents overnight in NJ. Stop lying.
— Billy C. (@BillyC_517) December 8, 2021
The reaction to the segment itself was similarly skeptical, to say the least. Here is just a sampling:
So this is the result of that Secret Biden meeting with the propaganda media demanding they propagandize us on his economic failures? What a clown show.
— Victoria Pruitt (@Victori38759178) December 9, 2021
Just another afternoon around the CNN vodka cooler
— Michael Vitco (@MVitco) December 9, 2021
5 cents is chump change , lower it back to $2 like it was before he was president.
— Coach K (@keeley_phil) December 8, 2021
My tank is 15 gallons! I find that 75 cents I just saved in my couch!
— SBRodriguez (@UPSman74) December 9, 2021
Wow a price drop to $3.35 from $3.40. What happened to the average price in December 2020 of $2.20? Lemon is delusional!
— BostonRaeGirl (@BostonRaeGirl) December 8, 2021
Must be drinking LEMON infused Kool- Aid!
— Tom D (@TomD923) December 9, 2021
3.78 in Oregon. Liar liar pants on fire.
— DR. W. (@raidrz07) December 9, 2021
They really think people are stupid.
Xiden’s policies raised gas prices by 300%.
Then, they lower by something like 1% and they’re all cheerleading some great accomplishment.
Only 299% more to go, Cletuses.
When Trump was POTUS, my gas here was $1.15 a gallon.
— MorphRedPill (@MorphRedPill) December 8, 2021
wow 7 whole cents over last month when its up well over 1$ per gallon since biden took over.
— Corsair9605 (@Corsair9605) December 8, 2021
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