Monday, June 22, 2015

ABC's Dire Predictions Fail Miserably

Predicting the future is never easy, and can leave the prognosticator open to being spectacularly wrong.  An example of this, coming from ABC's Good Morning America, has been recently discovered by NewsBusters:
New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12,  2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.
The segment included supposedly prophetic videos, such as a teenager declaring, "It's June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99." (On the actual June 8, 2015, a gallon of milk cost, on average, $3.39.) Another clip featured this prediction for the current year: "Gas reached over $9 a gallon." (In reality, gas costs an average of $2.75.) [italics in original]
Although the NB post is ten days old, gasoline prices are still pretty close to $2.75 per gallon from what I've seen.  Since this is quite a bit lower than a year ago, my reaction is "Thanks a lot, you frackers!"

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