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Cooper Blasts Traditional Media, Opens up Discussion on Recession

Video on Media and Recession

I just watched the above video by Greg Cooper about how to remain stable in the world of real estate and I find especially interesting his position on traditional media coverage of the recession (and recovery).

After watching the video, what are your thoughts? Is traditional media trying to steer recovery by painting a rosy picture or are we really on an upswing in the economy? Is the current administration doing what they can to keep the nation grounded or is there coercion of old school media figureheads? Let us know in comments, we want to know what you think!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Duke Long

    September 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Greg,Bringing the hammer.Welcome to Reality.

  2. BawldGuy

    September 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Two things to take from the video from where I stand.

    1. We give undeserved merit to 80% of the media out there by calling them ‘mainstream’ which they certainly have not been for two full generations now.

    2. Ideology drives the ‘recovery is here’ liberal media crowd. If O wasn’t in office the headlines would alternate from ‘Unemployment Remains Dangerously High’ to ‘Deficit Explodes Due To Far Right White House Policies’

    The recession? I’ve pondered without much success on how a ‘jobless’ recovery works. If it’s not an oxymoron I don’t know what is.

  3. Ruthmarie Hicks

    September 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I’m sick of hearing the moaning from the far right about the ultra-liberal media. The media is far from left-wing. There is plenty of propaganda from the far -right side through Faux News. HEY!!!! YOU LOST THE ELECTION!! Get over it and recognize that Obama has made things LESS BAD – which given the mess you supply-siders got us into is nothing short of miraculous. You guys damn near destroyed the world economy. You deserved to lose.

    As for the video, I’m not expecting to be singing “Happy Days are Here Again” any time soon. I am relieved that we have a tad more terra firma under our feet than we did before. Last year at this time we were indeed staring into the abyss. What I find most worrying is the pervasive corruption that allowed big business to run wild. The last 30 years have left it heavily entrenched into every corner of our daily lives. Corporate America has to be re-regulated – banking has to become “boring” again and the middle class needs to be stabilized. Whether that will happen or not is a matter of moral resolve. We need to undo 30 years of supply side economics to get it done.

  4. Matthew Hardy

    September 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    As soon as it is accepted that category-wide “journalistic integrity” is a past thing, never to be recreated (if it ever existed at all), we’ll cease to look for it. I find the approach research analysts take useful: to uncover, corroborate and verify truth; well-sourced and documented. I accept that *every* writer (producer, director, etc.) has an agenda.

    Democracy means always accommodating the other side; not just in acceptance speeches, but in governing. One side would never accept from the other being told to cease wanting to be represented simply because of their past vote.

    I am grateful for those of good will who have produced the amazing success our nation has enjoyed. Ours is a fantastically vibrant culture and I only see things getting better and better. To constantly amplify and magnify problems usually serves an unrevealed agenda.

    Look around. America is good. Our standard of living is good. Our services, infrastructure, businesses, education and healthcare are good. The magic of these past 100 years is the self-correcting nature of our society, which is strong enough to withstand any attempt to impose corrections that disregard that nature.

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  8. Greg Cooper

    September 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    My principle point in this was if there were a serious political/fiscal policy issue that were detrimental to our country, Charlie Gibson would remain clueless for a week, feign more cluelessness when asked about it and then instead of covering it would simply say ‘just leave it for cable.’ Hence when they all proclaim ‘the recession is over’ I’m hesitant to dismiss the still spiraling unemployment and rocketing debt that can ONLY be cured by higher taxes and/or interest rates. For the record the mainstream media is way off on both sides of many issues.

  9. Benn Rosales

    September 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

    @Ruthmarie I may not agree with you or your politics, I love your tenacity! Way to preach it!

  10. Atlanta Real Estate

    September 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Lani, nice find.

    Greg, you are 100% correct. I think a lot of the hopeful thinking is by people of all industries, including RE obviously, that took part in the RE bubble and made a killing….doing nothing.

    I missed the whole thing! I’ve never known the bubble, or what it was like to close 50 homes a year, or any of the stories.

    I might ask those folks where’s the money they made now!!

    Maybe they would not be whining so loudly if they still had it in one form or another.


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