Every year, the lazy MSM writes reports the day after Thanksgiving weekend about how great things are, how there were big long lines at the malls, and how retail sales were "above expectations"
Then the true numbers come in.
Well, same arc today, with lazy reports like this one in the Tribune.
Retailers got what they wanted over the Thanksgiving weekend -- a strong start to the 2006 holiday shopping season as consumers crowded stores in search of huge discounts on flat-screen TVs and other hot items.
But then the real numbers come in
"There is now significant concern that the holiday retail season is going to underperform," said Gregory Miller, chief economist at SunTrust Banks. "Traffic doesn't necessarily translate into profits," he said, referring to reports of crowded stores over the weekend.
Almost like the housing bubble and Iraq - cheerleading followed by reality
Why does the MSM do it? One, they're lazy. Two, who are the MSM's big advertisers? You got it - the retailers. Just kissing the feet, doing their job.