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Bartiromo: Recession talk can cause more weakness

February 6, 2008

Posted by Chris Roush

Jeff Poor of the Business & Media Institute writes Wednesday about CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo‘s appearance on the “Today” show, when she warned about too much coverage of whether we’re already in a recession.

Maria BartiromoPoor wrote, “The media’s constant carping about an economic downturn will have consequences unless the recession rhetoric is toned down, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo said in a February 6 ‘Today’ show segment.

“‘[T]he truth is, [‘Today’ co-anchor] Meredith [Vieira], it doesn’t matter if we’re in a recession,’ Bartiromo said. ‘We can talk ourselves into a recession, and that seems to be what we’re doing right now and that certainly begets more weakness.’

“The media coverage has apparently affected voters. According to the February 6 Washington Times, an exit survey from the ‘Super Tuesday’ primaries showed 47 percent of Democratic voters and 40 percent of Republican voters said the economy was the most important issue in making their choice at the polls.”

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