Twitter users have flagged another Biden administration tweet, once again adding context to a misleading statement put out by the administration after President Joe Biden touted that the “most common price” for gas in the U.S. is $3.19.
Instead of citing the national average, the president used the “most common” gas price — which allowed him to celebrate a much lower price.
“Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon. That’s progress,” Biden tweeted from the official presidential account, @POTUS, on Sunday.
The post was later flagged by Twitter users under the context feature, adding a disclaimer that read: “Readers added context that they thought people might want to know.”
“Biden is referring to the ‘most common gas price’ as opposed to the average gas price of $3.800 (11/6/22),” the additional context note explained. “The most common is the ‘mode’ gas price.”
The note went on to state that “neither are wrong” and explained that “politicians tend to reference the one that is lower,” despite the fact that “the mode diminishes high gas states from the equation.”
Adding further context, the note linked to a Wall Street Journal article entitled ‘Why the Most Common Gas Price Is Far From Average,’ and the American Automobile Association (AAA) gas price tracker website.
— Kristina Wong 🇺🇸 (@kristina_wong) November 7, 2022
While the flagging of Biden’s tweet was not actually a correction, it did acknowledge that the tweet was missing context and could potentially mislead readers due to the president citing the most common gas price, which was 60 cents lower than the national average gas price.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the most common gas price — or the mode — is used by GasBuddy.com, while the national average gas price — or the median — is used by AAA.
As of Monday, the national average gas price had fallen to $3.804 from its record high of $5.016 in June. Since Biden took office, gas prices have increased by 18.8%.
Biden’s tweet being flagged comes less than one week after similar action was taken against a tweet from the official White House Twitter account.
On Wednesday, the White House claimed in a tweet that seniors would receive the “biggest increase in their social security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership.”
Twitter users later added context to the post, which read: “Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefits increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.”
The White House’s dumb tweet celebrating the increase in social security checks gets a Twitter fact-check — because they left out the fact that the increase was caused by inflation. pic.twitter.com/6fCC3ZlMQK
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 2, 2022
After receiving significant backlash for trying to pass off the increase as a positive impact of Biden’s leadership rather than a negative consequence of inflation, the White House deleted the tweet.
During a press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a question about the deletion of the tweet, claiming that it was removed because it was “not complete.”
Jean-Pierre is asked about the White House deleting their embarrassing tweet about social security benefits going up (due to inflation):
"It was not complete. It did not have context." pic.twitter.com/AXQadyWPOm
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 2, 2022
A watchdog group has since demanded an investigation into the deleted tweet, claiming that the White House may have violated the Presidential Records Act.