You know, some people criticize me for being a bit too Pollyannaish on the economy, on news, period.
One put it even more succinctly: "more half-ass than half-full glass."
That rude comment not withstanding, I say, guilty as charged.
I am a Pollyanna (search).
I am an optimist.
I am upbeat.
Upbeat about this country.
Upbeat about our markets.
Upbeat about our economy.
But most of all, upbeat about us.
I remember one journalism professor bragging about how it's a journalist's job to remind the world about all that is wrong and unjust in this world.
That's what's wrong. That's what's unjust.
There's nothing wrong with having a critical mind.
There's everything wrong with covering the world as if you don't have a mind.
I'm smart enough to know there are no positive spins on plane crashes.
Or companies going belly-up.
But I'm simple enough to know the simple numbers back me up when I say such incidents are the exception, and not the norm. Report the exceptions. Report the norm.
And for better or worse, that's me.
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