NBC Hypes Credit Woes, Kudlow Provides Positive Outlook

It seems the media know why the stock market declined recent. Some journalists are blaming this recent correction in the stock market on widespread credit problems and point to troubles in the housing market as evidence.  

“[B]ut nothing is likely to unsettle the markets as much as more credit woes,” said NBC News correspondent Pat Dawson on the July 29 “NBC Nightly News.” “Any additional problems with mortgage defaults or companies trying to borrow and coming up short is likely to send investors running for the exits again.”

But economist Lawrence Kudlow provided a more positive outlook on the July 27 "Hugh Hewitt Show."

“[P]rofits are so important. In fact, profits are going to solve these credit problems, which I don’t think are as widespread as some people do. But right now we are in the throes of a difficult correction,” Kudlow said.

Profits so far have exceeded analysts’ expectations.

“The 313 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index that reported through July 27 posted an average earnings gain of 9.7 percent, doubling the average analyst estimate of 4.8 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg,” wrote Tom Randall for Bloomberg on July 30.

Kudlow also suggested that credit problems would be solved if the markets weren’t operating under the threat of a tax-hike, supported by some in the media, like Newsweek magazine. Some congressional democrats want to raise the capital-gains tax rate to 28 percent from 15 percent.

“Congressional Democrats could enhance this healing process if they would quit threatening to raise taxes on buyout firms and hedge funds whose ears are being pinned back by the bond market,” wrote Kudlow for National Review Online on July 27.

Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour is the Assistant Managing Editor for the MRC's Business and Media Institute.