Serwer also reminded viewers of layoff plans announced last week by General Motors Corp. and white-collar layoffs recently from Ford. The picture is bright for the Japanese and not-so-bright for the Americans, concluded Serwer.
Yet over on NBCs Today show, when host Katie Couric asked CNBCs Mad Money host Jim Cramer about slumping car sales in November, Cramer reminded her that not all automakers were suffering. Sales were down mostly among cars made by Detroit-based companies, he said, but Japanese imports like Toyota were doing well. Toyota, Cramer added, is going to be the largest new employer in this country in the next five years, a fact that Serwer failed to mention in his negative forecast.
Two hours later, Serwer was forced to change his tune a bit. The Bureau of Economic Analysis released a statement revealing 215,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in November 5,000 more than expected by many economists. Serwer went from huffing and puffing about the woes in Detroit Slump City to making a Goldilocks evaluation of the economy: its one of those deals, not too hot, not too cold, so its not inflationary, it shows the economy is expanding, but not too much.
Meanwhile, ABCs Good Morning America and NBCs Today featured positive portrayals of the U.S. economy. ABCs Gibson interviewed Jennifer Openshaw of Openshaws Family Financial Network, who proclaimed customer confidence is very strong despite some real hits to the economy, and predicted a strong return of investors to the stock market. Over on NBC, CNBCs Cramer told Couric to forget the gloom some skeptics have forecast for holiday retail sales, noting, retail sales should have been down 10 percent, they were up a little bit.