The economy is actually doing really well. Wait, no, it’s pretty bad, but that’s Republicans’ fault. Or maybe it’s not so bad after all?

Democrats can’t make up their minds. According to a recent report by the Washington PostWhite House aides found themselves flummoxed by a viral video about a McDonald’s patron and his $16 hamburger.

The man ordered a specialty burger meal for $16.10 and posted the receipt online. It went viral — picked up by the Washington Examiner, among other outlets, the article notes — striking a chord with others who have noticed how expensive it has gotten not just to order fast food but to buy groceries, gas, and other necessities.

But the viral $16 doesn’t indicate squat, the Washington Post argues. “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,” the article notes. “That’s up more than 10 percent, but it’s not $16.”

First of all, let’s not compare apples to oranges, or meals to morsels, in this case. According to my Postmates app, a Big Mac meal in northern Virginia costs $10.89. That’s $5.21 less than the viral meal, a decent chunk of change when it comes to fast food but not so large as the difference between $16.10 and $5.58.

The Washington Post’s comparison of today’s Big Mac price to the time before President Joe Biden’s tenure is also misleading. Marginally, 70 cents on a $5 burger is quite the jump. Also misleading is the article’s subsequent verbiage around inflation: “Inflation has been steadily subsiding. … Inflation has fallen to a manageable 3 percent,” it tells us.

What this obscures is that inflation has not fallen, but the inflation rate has. In other words, inflation is still steadily going up. It’s just going up less quickly than before.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, in the first 30 months of Biden’s presidency, gas prices went up 35%, bread was up 24%, and housekeeping supplies were up 17%. Basics such as motor vehicle repair, public transportation, meats, and day care had also risen significantly.

But inflation is not that bad. Or is it? The article then describes squabbles within the Biden administration. Some want to take a cue from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen , who recently said, “I think it’s our job to explain to Americans what President Biden has done to improve the economy.”

Others see that as too much of a “let them eat cake” approach and prefer to blame a poor economy on “large corporations and Republicans,” though neither of them are running the country. As an example, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) constant scapegoating of “corporate greed” comes to mind.

What Biden’s advisers all seem to be able to agree on, however, is that these $16 burger posts must be stopped .

“The White House official said the administration is working with TikTok creators to tell positive stories of Biden’s economic stewardship, while also working with social media platforms to counter misinformation,” the report says.

We know the White House has been collaborating with TikTokers to spread its propaganda , and chillingly, we also know that it has abused its power to pressure social media companies into countering what it sees as “misinformation.”

So, while Biden and his team squabble over how best to gaslight people regarding the economy, the unifying solution is easy: Flood TikTok and Instagram with Generation Z propagandists and pressure such companies to throttle, “fact-check,” or otherwise discredit and disappear negative posts about the economy.

If censorship is the solution, it sounds like those arguments about the Biden economy aren’t so strong after all.