Guilty as Charged

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.

That's fair.

That's balanced.

And for better or worse, that's me.

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