The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz (and some other guy) have penned an 'explainer' on why a TikTok video of a $16 McDonald's hamburger is misleading, inflation isn't that bad, and the viral clip is just some guy who ordered a 'novelty item' which ended up with him 'racking up hundreds of thousands of views.'
Lorenz (and sidekick), noting that it wasn't just a 'Big Mac meal,' smelled blood in the water.
Even though he had ordered a novelty item, Olive's video about a $16 McDonald's order went viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of views. After a McDonald's revenue report recently, the same post went viral again earlier this month, with at least a half-dozen news outlets — including the Washington Examiner, the New York Post and Newsmax — picking up the story of Olive's pricey patty. One YouTube video from this month with 2 million views inaccurately describes it as "a Big Mac meal" that cost $16. Posts on Reddit, the conservative site Twitchy and elsewhere tied the cost to President Biden's economic management: Inflation, the theory went, had gotten so out of control that the price of a fast-food burger was approaching $20.
The article then proffers this 'viral' hamburger incident as "one of many exaggerated examples of the nation's economic woes."
An anonymous White House official then whispered in Lorenz' ear, after she wrote: "In reality, inflation has been steadily subsiding, and last week the government reported price hikes had eased yet again in October. The average Big Mac nationally as of this summer cost $5.58, up from $4.89 — or roughly 70 cents — before Biden took office, according to an index maintained by the Economist. That's up more than 10 percent, but it's not $16."
Cause for concern: The Biden team is 'working with social media platforms to counter misinformation.' This time it seeks to 'counter' reports that food and other items cost a lot after Biden-era inflation. From WP: https://t.co/Zsx8ztHCn6— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 26, 2023