A lot of reporters love to report bad news and times like these give them plenty of ammunition.
But be very careful about what you're hearing.
You're hearing that retails sales fell 3.7 percent in November.
But, you're not hearing virtually all of that came from lower gasoline prices. As USA Today points out, statisticians count dollar value, not gallons. If you factor that out, retail sales were up.
You're hearing the jobs picture is getting worse.
But, you're not hearing that maybe, just maybe, it's not. Initial unemployment claims fell 86,000 — the first time claims have dipped below 400,000 since mid-September.
You're hearing that people aren't shopping since September 11.
But, you're not hearing that sales actually shot up six percent in October. So you'd probably think they erased that and then some in November, right? Again, wrong. They lost only half that ground in the next month and sales have been strong this month.
My point is this: things are tough, but they're not terrible. Journalists should tell you that, but they won't. I'll insist on it with my team's coverage and we will — that's a promise.
Naive, maybe. But upbeat, definitely.
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