It was the gas-prices-are-rising report heard around the blogosphere. Last night, when World News reporter Cecilia Vega (pictured) beamed in from downtown Los Angeles to frame her pre-taped story, the electronic gas station sign visible in the background was switched, live, from a regular unleaded price display of $4.99/gallon to $5.09/gallon.
An ABC News source told our sister blog TV Newser that Vega and her production crew had nothing to do with this convenient visual reinforcement; a statement borne out by the way Vega and anchor Diane Sawyer reacted on-air.
However, this morning on the Web page for the ABC News report, there is this comment from Kevin:
An employee working at the station has come out and said in a local radio interview the change in the price on the board was deliberately staged… They even blinked the “9″ in the last digit during the story as a signal to let them know the dog-and-pony show was about to take place.