Time and time again, our media class proves how out of touch they are with the average American.
In the Washington Post, writer Megan McArdle just published a column arguing that eggs really aren’t that expensive, if you look at egg prices over the past hundred years.
That doesn’t change the fact that egg prices are through the roof today.
Fox News reports:
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Column Argued Eggs ‘Really Cheaper’ Than Cracked Eggs 100 Years Ago: ‘Freaking Nut’
Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle tried to reframe Americans’ concerns about rising egg prices by arguing that, compared to prices more than a century ago, today’s prices are relatively fair.
His Tuesday column “Why Eggs Are Cheaper Than You Think” acknowledged “rising egg prices” in recent months but provided additional context on how “eggs are still really cheap, historically speaking, using data going back to 1896.”
“If you look at old cookbooks, you’ll notice that the authors treat eggs and chickens almost as luxuries. My 1950 ‘Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book’ has a recipe for a mock chicken dish — out of the veal. Go further back and the 1896 Fanny Farmer Cookbook sternly informs readers that, ‘Eggs, even at twenty-five cents per dozen, should not be used freely by the strict economist.’ A strange statement to modern ears, until you realize that in 1896 a pound of round steak was about 35 percent cheaper than a pound of eggs,” McArdle wrote.
The argument followed an earlier Twitter trend in January where social media users declared eggs “luxury items” and people displayed photos of them costing as much as $11.49.
McArdle was shocked by the blowback he received.
I honestly can’t believe people are going crazy over this column: https://t.co/2W04VrHX3F
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) February 7, 2023
“Be glad you’re not a slave” is a take. A bad one, but a take nonetheless. https://t.co/KtXqNDEVSd
— Physics Geek (@physicsgeek) February 7, 2023
The media continues to satirize you. https://t.co/EecjUHBB65
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) February 7, 2023
I guess there is a market for op/eds that try to normalize the unexpectedly regressive tax known as inflation. Although I don’t know any buyers in that market.
— Raging Minarchist (@RMinarchist) February 7, 2023
The way some people in the media try to spin inflation for Biden is really annoying.