Friday, June 27, 2008

Drudge in the Tank?

What is Matt Drudge up to these days? Is he purposefully engaging in deceptive tactics with his headlines and photo choices? His latest headline for today links to the rising price of crude oil, but the photo above his link isn't all that it seems.

You'll see some eye popping prices per gallon, but that isn't what caught my attention. It was the octane ratings for those gas prices that can be clearly seen. The photographer or the editor cropped the photo to show only the bottom two fuel grades. We're talking about 93 octane and then 100 octane. You can't find 100 octane just anywhere; it's a specialty gas meant for racing and high performance situations. And both the 93 octane and 100 octane gas products are from a company called VP Racing Fuels:
Oxygenated with ethanol, this CARB-legal fuel is specifically engineered for high-performance street cars including sport compacts, muscle cars, street rods and more. It's environmentally friendly and street legal throughout the U.S. In applications with anything from 4- to 12-cyclinders or engines equipped with a turbocharger, supercharger or nitrous oxide system (NOS), StreetBlaze 100 will generate optimum power and performance. In turbocharged or supercharged applications, it allows an increase in boost without fear of detonation. NOS users can also leverage their higher octane ratings to step up to a more powerful nitrous oxide system. Dyno tests with a turbocharged application proved StreetBlaze100 generates up to 14% more horsepower compared to premium grade 91 octane unleaded gasoline. Designed for use in cast-iron head engines with CRs up to 13:1 and aluminum head engines up to 14:1. Works well on the latest generation of electronically-controlled turbo engines. Contains no metal compounds and won't harm catalytic converters or oxygen sensors.
This isn't the kind of gas you'll put into your run of the mill car, but rather is used by the racing car set to improve performance.

You can find plenty of images of high gas prices without resorting to this kind of misleading photo usage.

This follows his misleading headline on the polar ice cap from this morning.

In the case of gas prices, there really is no reason to exaggerate the high price of gas; it's plenty high already.

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