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Some thoughts while reading Local pundits respond:

"Commissioner-turned-radio-talk-show-host Maggie Thurber said people are frustrated, but not necessarily with economic and social issues.

“What I hear is frustration that the media is telling us everything is doom and gloom when it really isn't....If you're out there constantly telling people everything is bad, what do you expect people to think?”

Fred LeFebvre, who hosts WSPD's weekday morning show, said "You're assaulted every day with stories on how terrible things are....The very people who bemoan the fact that we're feeling down, that we feel like we're spinning out of control, are the people who feed that machine in the first place."

Does anyone else find this the least bit ironic? Have they listened to their own shows, or read their own articles/posts? Even if the negativity they spew is warranted, how are they able to separate their "doom and gloom" from others?

But not to be outdone:

Brian Wilson, WSPD's program director said "“People are more pissed off about what's going on locally then they are about $4 a gallon gas”.

To quote Zoolander: Earth to Brian, $4/gallon gas is a HUGE problem that affects us locally.
Try to connect the dots next time, Brian.

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Unfortunately, this sounds more like Herbert Hoover's "Prosperity is just around the corner," as if the economy was nothing more than millions of people clicking together the heels of their ruby shoes and making it healthy through willpower and faith.

Or how about this golden oldie from Hoover on 15 November 1929:

“Any lack of confidence in the economic future or the basic strength of business in the United States is foolish.”

The economy is sputtering, people are facing layoffs, the dollar is shrinking, food and fuel prices are through the roof, the Dow is pennies away from an official bear market, top-tier banks need federal bailouts, and many millions of people face the very real possibility of home foreclosure. Yet this is media's fault?

Sorry, folks: no amount of wishful thinking on the part of our esteemed pundits will change the fact that we are headed into an economic downturn. The question should really be: just how bad will things get?

"Does anyone else find this the least bit ironic? Have they listened to their own shows, or read their own articles/posts? Even if the negativity they spew is warranted, how are they able to separate their "doom and gloom" from others?"

But hey, on a national scale, its the 'bias' of the major media that informs us of all the woes incurred under the watch of G.W......for eight years. On a national scale, all this constant negativity is just so, so......unfair!

I believe hypocrisy is the operative word here.

Brian Wilson, WSPD's program director said "“People are more pissed off about what's going on locally then they are about $4 a gallon gas”.

The intermodal discussion is relevant and informative, much less so you're constant haranguing of Carty every time he slips on a banana peel, but the gasoline issue is driving (or not driving, ha, ha, I made a funny) everything these days, local or otherwise. Got it?

http://news.yahoo.com/page/election-2008-political-pulse-gas-prices

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