Like I said before, If you're going to post this kind of garbage you should have a clue about what you're talking about. MediaMatters should have a responsibility to be honest and truthful if they are going to post this kind of trash.
I may be wrong, but I don't think anyone at Fox represented the graphic as being to exact scale. That's just splitting hairs and nitpicking and is ridiculous.
As for the double counting of the state taxes, either the blogger at Media Matters is either ignorant of how state taxes are levied on gasoline or flat out lied. Either way it's unacceptable.
Each state has a different system for taxing gasoline. Some states have an extremely high flat rate, while other states make up for having deceptively low flat rates by adding on additional taxes to the price/gal.
North Carolina has the highest flat state tax at 35.2 cpg as well as the lowest rate for additional state and local taxes at 0.3 cpg.
New York on the other hand has the lowest flat state tax rate at 8.1 cpg while having the highest additional taxes rate of 42.7 cpg.
The other taxes on gasoline are raised on both a state and local level, so the state tax wasn't counted twice in the graphic. Currently, the the flat tax on gasoline across the country averages 23 cpg and the additional taxes average about 30 cpg.
The first state tax cited in the graphic is the average of the State Flat Taxes on gasoline.
There are more than 100 different taxes raised on a state and local levels across the country not included in the flat gasoline tax of most states. Some of the some of the taxes are charged to the wholesaler by the states and local governments and some are directly charged to the consumer at the pump.
Those taxes range from 1cpg UST/AST Trust Fund Environmental Transport Fee, 2 cpg volume-weighted average city and county taxes, 2 cpg inspection fee, 3 cpg environmental assurance fee (for underground storage tank fund), State sales tax (often indexed to the CPI), Local sales taxes for cities and counties (sometimes based on county populations), Local option taxes and other local options taxes raised on top of the local option taxes, gross receipts earnings taxes of as much as 8% adjusted annually, 0.9% gross receipts tax for state hazardous substances cleanup fund (according to title 7:9114), State Comprehensive Enhanced Transportation System Tax, SCETS tax indexed to the CPI, Various state and environmental import taxes, environmental response taxes, surcharges paid usually on a quarterly basis, taxes in some states based on ethanol sales compared to total number of gallons of fuel sold (Iowa is one such state), excise taxes indexed to the Average Wholesaler Price, supplemental highway use taxes, Commercial carriers quarterly surtax, special fuels taxes, Coastal and Inland Water Fund taxes, Groundwater Fund, Environmental regulation fees for refined petroleum fund, other clean up fund fees, Environmental Protection Fee, Seawall tax in some locations, Agriculture Inspection fees, Transport load fees, release prevention fees, oil pollution control funds, State petroleum testing fee, taxes assessed on the general region of the state, taxes reflecting the blended rate applied to state average retail prices, franchise tax on liquid fuels, oil company franchise tax on fuels, public transportation authority taxes, tank inspection fees, special petroleum taxes, environmental assurance fees, motor fuel transportation infrastructure fee, petroleum storage tank fees, local transportation district taxes for stations located along certain transportation districts, and the list goes on and on.
These taxes are the taxes included in "state & local" on the graphic.
We can have the discussion on what causes "spikes" in gasoline prices, as well, but it isn't our level of taxation on oil petroleum products as the Media Matters blogger suggests.
Seems to me that you and MediaMatters are the ones telling "Another Whopper" !