Out of the Woods?

I get rapped a lot for my rose-colored view of the world.

"Ridiculously naive," writes one viewer.

Still another, "cluelessly upbeat."

But I won't make any apologies here. I am upbeat. And occasionally the data supports me.

When we were in the throes of September 11, everyone said the economy was tanking and darn near the end of the world was at hand. They said that a recession, the likes of which we had never seen, had taken hold and would get worse, much worse.

Headlines screamed with it. Doom-and-gloom newscasts led with it.

I said at the time, enough of it. We had just been knocked down. We had not been knocked out.

Now, the proof. It turns out the U.S. economy grew — that's right grew — 1.4 percent in the final three months of the year.

What that means is that only weeks after the attacks, the economy was finding its legs. You were finding your legs. We were finding our legs. All of us.

Not the doom and gloomers. Not the naysayers. Not the so damn cynical journalists.


Never mind that the fourth quarter growth technically means we were never in a recession, because we had only one quarter of negative growth — not the two required.

That's semantics. This is reality.

Now trust me, I know a lot of people are hurting. A lot of people lost their jobs. Many more lost a lot of money. But clearly not all. And clearly not to the degree that's been reported.

Sometimes we are what we see on TV. People see awful news. They think awful things.

Me? I'm upbeat. I believe more in us than those who report on us.

Look, bad things happen. And will happen. That's life. But good things happen too. And they're happening now.

Some journalists don't see them because they don't want to. I report on them because I believe I have to.

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