Awkward: Fox Business Network rebuts Palin on food prices

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Last week when she picked a losing fight with a Wall Street Journal reporter over the cost of food prices, Sarah Palin insisted grocery store prices had "risen significantly over the past year or so."

Except that, of course, they haven't.

If Palin was looking for more proof, she could turn to this news online report from the Fox Business Network [emphasis added]:

Menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner -- including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings -- increased in price by about 1.3% in price this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


The big ticket item -- a 16-pound turkey -- was actually cheaper this year, at $17.66. That was roughly $1.10 per pound, actually a decrease of about 6 cents per pound, or a total of 99 cents per whole turkey, compared with 2009. While the whole bird was the biggest contributor to the final total, it was also the largest price decline compared with last year.

Unless by food prices being up "significantly," Palin meant they were up one percent, then she's still wrong about grocery store inflation.

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