Confessions of an incurable optimist

We in the media are often accused of focusing on bad news. In 2021, I erred in the other direction: I was too optimistic.

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December 28, 2021 - 9:10 AM

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Rob Carr/Getty Images/TNS)

Twelve months ago, Americans could indulge in optimism. For a bright, shining moment, 2021 promised to be a year of recovery.

The first vaccines for COVID-19 were going into health workers’ arms. The economy was climbing out of recession. And after a bruising campaign, a new president promised a return to calm.

I shared the high hopes.

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