A few weeks ago I talked about how design effects users, comparing CNN.com and Foxnews.com. I was just checking both sites in a small break from studying for finals, and noticed two very contradicting reports on gas prices.
According to CNN.com, gas prices hit record highs and are on the way up. The story goes on to say that the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) cheif Guy Caruso says that, ” that not all of the recent rise in wholesale gas costs has been reflected in what consumers are now paying at the pump…” The summary of the story includes the line “…more price rises seen.”
Quite conversely,Foxnews.com reports that Gas prices may cool down. This report then goes on to say that EIA chief Guy Caruso (the same guy from the CNN report) states, “With refinery production expected to improve during the rest of May and import volumes increasing over the last few weeks, gasoline markets may ease somewhat, causing gasoline prices to recede from their current high levels.”
To be fair, the CNN report mentions a similar quote later in the story, and the Foxnews report mentions gas prices may remain tight this summer. I just find it interesting the stories from different news sources focus on such extreme differences in the same exact story. I think it is also important to mention that the Foxnews story is a Reuters story, giving it (in my eyes) a little more credibility.