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Editor's Mailbag: Negativism, Coverage and Miley

We like to clean out the mail bag periodically. If nothing else it lets you know that we really do pay attention to what you're saying, even if we can't get back to you individually ...

On Negativity and the Media ...

Mike F. said: Given all the negative commentary by the media ... Stop talking the numbers down and just report what is actually happening; you don't have to be all sunshine but you also don't have to keep predicting the sky is falling.

This is a constant flash point in journalism ... business journalism in particular. Problem is when numbers come out, you're obligated to indicate to your audience whether it's a good number or a bad number. The problem is, some of the numbers these days are a little debatable. Here's an example. There's probably no absolute answer but Mike's point is well-taken. We strive to do that and we'll keep on striving.

The Housing Crisis ...

Janna wrote: When do you think these lunkheads will understand that the solution to homeowners dire situations requires lower interest rates and not tighter requirements for refinancing loans about to adjust upwards. Lending institutions need to assist those in trouble since they played a hugh part in creating their demise!!! I am refering only to homeowners occupying their homes NOT flippers!!!!

Don't know, Janna. We'll keep covering it, but as Mike above suggests, we shouldn't really give an opinion about lunkheadism.

Our Pre-Markets Page ...

We get an email every so often asking for more info on how to use this page ... try here. We'll think about making that more prominent on the page itself.

Credit Card outfits ...

"sommers" opined: Pricing regulation for credit processing companies like VISA and MASTERCARD has not been talked about lately in the media?

Oh it gets talked about time to time, even tangentially, like here. News on specific issues hits peaks and valleys. We'll be there.

On Miley ...

Lots and lots of email, some of it here. We didn't show all of it because, after a while, much of it repeated the same points, arguments and counter-arguments: She's just a kid, her parents should have know better, Disney may ultimately benefit, and who cares (I find it ironic that people go to the effort to write in just to say "who cares," but okay).

Mail Policy and Style Points ...

A few of you wrote in about why not all mail gets republished. This project is pretty much a one-man band (me... Allen) so there's some manpower issues. Some mail is repetitive so reprinting it all wouldn't serve much purpose. Some messages are criticizing specific CNBC folk personally, which I'm not going to get into. And a very few are unintelligentable and/or rude (like the person who totally didn't get my good-natured tip-of-the-hat to our political blogger). Those are unnecessary and lack zen ... but we hope you are now cleansed and feel better.

And yes, the font in posts changes from time to time. Other computer weirdness happens too. Sorry about that. Ghosts in the machine.

Have a great weekend!