CBS, NBC Worry About Stock 'Plunge,' Other Media Less Frightened
Donât cash in your stocks just yet.
While âNBC Nightly Newsâ and âCBS Evening Newsâ presented a bleak outlook for viewers on July 26, some experts were less worried. Itâs important to note the other side of the story since the Dow dropped more than 200 points again the next day.
âThe question now is whether todayâs sudden point drop is a minor correction or will have a major impact on the economy,â said CBS correspondent Kelly Wallace.
CBS called the Dow Jones Industrial Averageâs drop of 311 points a ânosedive.â Both CBS and NBC presented concerns about a weak housing market, less available credit, and high oil prices.
âSomething may be happening to this nationâs financial markets, just as something is definitely happening to the housing market and a whole lot of money managers will tell you an era of wild spending and big debt may be approaching an end,â said anchor Brian Williams on âNBC Nightly News.â
However, the economy isnât totally dependent on the housing market and other sectors are seeing growth. According to the Associated Press, the gross domestic product numbers, released by the Commerce Department on July 27, indicated the economy had grown at a 3.4 percent rate.
But other media outlets, like Fox News Channel, CNBC and even CNNâs âAmerican Morningâ presented a more positive outlook.
âThe fears may be greater than the reality,â said Lawrence Kudlow on CNBCâs âKudlow & Companyâ July 27.
Kudlow stated that with 50 percent of Standard & Poor companies reporting, their profits have increased an incredible 15.3 percent from one year ago. In fact, Kudlow explained the Dow âonly lost about 2 percent today.â
Fox News business correspondent Terry Keenan also offered a different viewpoint: âRight now, we have the tailwinds of a very good
âSo this is not a crash, if anything, itâs a correction,â said CNN âAmerican Morningâ business correspondent Ali Velshi on July 27. âIt might not even be a correction; it might just be a stop on the way.â
Velshi also pointed out on âAmerican Morningâ that the markets are still up overall for this year. The Dow, the Standard & Poorâs 500 and the NASDAQ are all still in positive territory for the year of 2007.