In a word, it sounds wrong. Like much of the reporting and many of the predictions. But few media reports get a follow-up story with a big “oops” attached. Instead, we get outlets like The New York Times blaming the president for an economy that has been on track for more than four years. A January 2 editorial said Bush was in “denial” and demanded “an unvarnished appraisal of the nation’s economy – including the politics and ideology that has driven it to this point.”
We do need an “unvarnished appraisal” of the economy that ignores politics and ideology. That needs to come from the press, and they aren’t doing the job.
CBS was more unusual than most in its quest for new year predictions. The network’s “Sunday Morning” show went to the psychics of Cassadaga, Fla., for a Dec. 30, 2007, forecast. Cassadaga is, according to reporter Bill Geist, “the psychic capital of the world.” Rev. Dawn Cassaday, “a clairvoyant and clairaudient,” delivered the “good news.” “I feel that the economy could actually be turning around in a very positive direction.”
The countless predictions leave us wondering what’s up. Maybe we really do need a psychic to find the answer.