While I was gone I received this e-mail from a viewer named Kent:
"So Pollyanna, did you hear the news? Retail sales stank this holiday season. Take off those rose-colored glasses and realize everything good is gone. I hate you now more than ever."
Not so fast, Kent.
I was on vacation and heard the same news, Christmas sales tanked.
Worst in 30 years, wrote one newspaper.
"Retailers fear weakest sales in decades," noted the Wall Street Journal.
Incredible news and wrong.
You know the little fact you're "not" hearing, Kent? Christmas sales were "up" this year. They just weren't up a lot.
The folks who calculate these things at the bank of Tykyo-Mitsubishi said sales were up close to 2 percent. That's 2 percent "more" than last year.
The International Council of Shopping Centers found a median expected increase of about the same. Not the increase some were looking for, but an increase.
In fact, as Timothy Noah pointed out in a brilliant column in the New York Sun, more U.S. dollars were spent buying holiday gifts this past year than in any previous year since the birth of Jesus Christ.
And what's more, they fail to fully take into account soaring Internet sales, up on average 73 percent from a year ago. While still a small portion of overall retail sales, they have as yet to be calculated into retail statistics.
So why not report that?
Why not say Christmas sales didn't go "up" as much as some hoped?
Why say they tanked, when they went up?
I'll tell you why: because most journalists are negative. Most journalists love to sensationalize the grim, or deep-six the good. And for good reason: they're miserable. Their bosses are cutting back and their raises stink.
Hey, they have every right to be the whining, carping, critical self-absorbed freaks they are. Just not on my time and not on yours.
They claim to be good journalists, but have a thing against reporting good news.
They think I'm crazy because I say things weren't and aren't that bad. I think they're selfish to insist, even in the face of glaring facts to the contrary, they are.
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