A new battleground in the culture wars opened up when liberals melted down over a CNN video report that documented how high inflation was hurting one family in Kennedale, Texas.
CNN reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro went on a grocery trip with the Stotlers, a large family that includes two biological kids, five adopted children, and another child from the foster system.
The Stotlers said that the same amount of groceries that cost them about $150 to $200 in March had inflated to about $310. They also said that if inflation got worse that they would have to seek an extra job to pay the bills.
"You can go down to beans and rice and still sustain pretty economically," said Larry Stotler to CNN. "We don't want to have to do that, you want to enjoy what you're purchasing, but there's another level you can get to just to make sure you make it through."
Many on the left immediately took to social media to attack the report and accuse CNN of lying about how badly inflation is hurting American families.
"12 gallons of milk a week may sound like a lot, but they've actually had to cut out their milk baths on alternate days," mocked Jonathan Chait, a liberal writer at New York magazine.
"Republicans and Fox News wail about inflation and so CNN dutifully takes the bait and presents a scenario where a family that buys enough milk to feed a school and is somehow paying prices from the late 80s is certainly getting hit hard," replied progressive social media commentator Brian Taylor Cohen.
The criticism was so astonishing that McMorris-Santoro took to his Twitter account to address those attacking the family.
"Truly remarkable number of a**holes on here attempting to dunk on a charming family who lays out how it feels to shop with price rises. Very wise and cool tweets. Glad you're all weathering the economy so well!" he tweeted sarcastically.
Some zeroed in on the claim from Krista Stotler, who said that she had been paying $1.99 for a gallon of milk and the price increases had hit hard because they consume 12 gallons per week.
"A gallon of milk was $1.99. Now it's $2.79. When you buy 12 gallons a week times four weeks, that's a lot of money," she said on the report.
"If you're going through 12 gallons of milk a week it's time to invest in a mothef***ing Cow," responded liberal commentator Tony Posnanski.
"Those prices aren't even accurate. Also, that's just like an extra $45, which isn't all the bad considering milk appears to be the main component of their diet, and shelling out and extra $45 for a crippling dairy addiction isn't the worst thing," said another critic.
"Um, TWELVE GALLONS OF MILK PER WEEK? Even for a family of 8 that is SO MUCH MILK. Also, why are you featuring this as an 'average family'? Most families do not have even close to six children. This whole segment is bonkers," said another detractor.
"Thanks for letting these people lie about the cost of groceries (what the story is about). If they are ordering online they could look up their receipts for June in 1min," read another tweet.
Brianna Keilar also responded to that criticism.
"Did you watch the piece? In addition to their 2 biological children they have adopted 5 kids and are fostering one," she tweeted to one person criticizing the milk consumption.
Others on the right pointed out how the angry backlash was indicative of Democrats' indifference to the plight of working class families.