TV Scares You, Then Consoles

Oct 15, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Television’s reporting of the financial crisis is scaring many into putting a cap on their spending. The New York Times reports this explains the sudden ubiquitousness of motivational speakers and financial gurus on the tube. The newspaper cites recent appearances by Suze Orman on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and Anthony Robbins on “The Today Show” as TV’s way of comforting viewers after subjecting them to hysterical chaos when reporting on the stock markets. “In a crisis, television has a weird way of pushing viewers in two directions at the same time,” the newspaper says.
—Christopher Perez

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