Rounding out economic coverage, all three networks filed a personal finance advice feature. For NBC's Hard Times series, CNBC's Carl Quintanilla offered advice that will thwart that fiscal stimulus package, which is supposed to revive consumer confidence and spending: "Most advisors say it is time to save, especially if the White House and Congress agree on a measure to put as much as $1,600 in families' pocketbooks." Uncannily, Sandra Hughes, for CBS' Hitting Home series, and David Muir for ABC both isolated a sixtysomething social worker, worried that a stock market sell-off would compromise retirement income. Muir introduced us to Marti Fritz in New York City; Hughes to Carlos Sosa in Los Angeles. Here is the advice Hughes cited: "Now is not the time to panic and sell." Guess what Muir found? "Do not panic or sell indiscriminately."
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