235 Points Later, the End Is Near

Can anyone in the media do arithmetic? From where Cramer sits, today was no big deal.
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Don't you wish that, for once, the talking heads would say this: "The Dow gave back a little more than it made yesterday in a no-big-deal session."

Instead, the day after the market was up 170 points, a 235-point decline not only seems to wipe out yesterday's gain, it tends to wipe out -- at least in these guys' eyes -- the run from 800 in 1982.

When I think about all the reasons

Marty Peretz

and I started

TheStreet.com

three years ago, I come back to two of them: the reckless and irresponsible way the press portrays every down day as the end of the world/planet/solar system/galaxy/universe, and the reckless and irresponsible way certain reporters portray every prospective deal, including deals that aren't happening.

All I can say is the shenanigans of the

Merrill

(MER)

-

Chase

(CMB)

takeover story yesterday on another Web site, coupled with the dire prognosis based on some foolproof report from some pooh-bah

Fed

watcher we heard about all day on TV, make us more relevant than ever. And make them more egregiously wrong than ever.

To me 235 minus 170 equals 65 points, on a 10,600 basis. Or, in true Dow Jones terms: peanuts.

James J. Cramer is manager of a hedge fund and co-founder of TheStreet.com. At time of publication, his fund had no positions in any stocks mentioned. His fund often buys and sells securities that are the subject of his columns, both before and after the columns are published, and the positions that his fund takes may change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Cramer's writings provide insights into the dynamics of money management and are not a solicitation for transactions. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he invites you to comment on his column at

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