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CNBC's Burnett Forecasts Sunshine

CNBC's Erin Burnett has taken on the role of Miss Sunshine, trying hard to look for any silver lining in the current crisis, God love her.

When teasing a story on crashing General Motors this afternoon, Burnett said: "Why is everyone so obsessed about this story? GM has been in dire straits for a long time."

Later, she probed reporter Rick Santelli to see if he could find bright spots in the credit markets. (By the way, in one of the best moments of the crisis so far, Santelli just noted that one of the traders at the Chicago Board of Trade, where Santelli works, just lost his hairpiece. And then Santelli held it up on TV. Good times.)

Earlier in the day, moments after the Dow dropped 500 points in an opening bell sell-off, Burnett was reduced to lauding the weather.

After her grumpy TV sidekick, Mark Haines, complained about something or other, Burnett chirped, "The sky is...actually, it's gorgeous outside!"

Last week, we asked Burnett our Wildly Popular Five Questions. Maybe we should have added a sixth: How can you be so chipper?

-- Frank Ahrens

By Frank Ahrens  |  October 10, 2008; 2:44 PM ET
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At least someone in this crazy panic is looking at reality! If more people, including the media, were telling it straight, we would not see the stock markets at such stupidly low levels. Good companies now have market cap below their cash holdings! (Apple, for one).

Folks, wake up - we are our own worst enemies when we all panic!

Posted by: Tom Martin | October 10, 1908 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It's looking better already. Is she single?


Posted by: IV | October 10, 1908 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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