You will have to ask them that question. They (and you) have to realize that every industry has been hit hard by the economy. It's not just IT, business, financial, home - all industries have been effected drastically. But if you take a step back, IT has been hit the least and from what i've read has recovered the fastest.
I put CNN to show that it wasn't something out of my local newspaper - it's a national thing and from what i've seen IT is hiring the most. Just go to careerbuilder and do a broad search for your area for open jobs. Tell me, which category has the highest amount of hits? I live in Kansas City, i did a search and IT was 5th.
1st was sales (which is understandable because a quarter of the jobs on this would be bogus sell **** from home stuff)
2nd was management (i agree with that)
3rd was health care (another field that is in high demand right now)
4th was customer server
I think that's pretty good - far greater than all of the other fields - and realize the ones above IT (other than health care) are very generic and a lot of jobs fall in these categories. Searched Denver CO and IT was 4th. Searched NY and it was 3rd. So how they came up with IT falling off or isn't worth while blows me away. To me this means those people ARE NOT doing their research and have no clue what they are talking about.
Here are some more articles proving my point: The 50 Best Careers of 2011 - Yahoo! Finance
"Technology positions also account for a good chunk of our top-choice careers. Computer support specialist joins the ranks this year with upward trending employment numbers. Education administrator, which ranked particularly high for job satisfaction, made it onto our lineup of social service jobs. In the business category, we added sales manager, an occupation that's making a comeback along with the economy." MSN Careers - Hot fields for hiring in 2011 - Career Advice Article
Two of the top four are IT Who's Hiring? Jobs for 2011 - PayScale Resources
Tech is #1
I don't know why they think IT is dead - ignorance is my only thought.