They are REALLY putting on the propaganda these days. And they're not even being subtle about it!
I saw a headline on CNNMONEY.com today that said:
"401K - don't cash it in!"
(By the way, that is PRECISELY WHAT YOU SHOULD DO! And don't let a bank have it to re-lend, either. Use it to buy land, gold, or pay off debts. Buy things you can hold. If you have all those things, then give it to the poor and at least get some treasure in heaven out of the deal! But don't let the bankers get it via a market crash -- they've done it many times before. Market ups and downs are all orchestrated to swindle the average man)
In fact, it wasn't even an article, but a VIDEO -- which is much more effective propaganda, and a better medium to reach the brainless morons who follow CNN's advice. Sorry, but you'd have to be a moron to think that "the establishment" cares about the little guy. Sorry, they're not Catholics. For them, it's dog eat dog.
And if they can convince all the poor slobs to stay invested in stocks, it gives them more time to get out of stocks themselves -- without much of a loss.