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NORTHWEST NEWS

Washington State Gov. Inslee Tests Positive for COVID-19

He plans to continue working. Trudi Inslee, the first spouse, has tested negative.

Oregon BIPOC Caucus Calls for Action to Support Victims of Gun Violence

The Legislative Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus has released the following statement in response to the tragedy at Half Moon Bay, CA that left seven dead and one person wounded, all of whom were people of color

Democrats Voice Priorities for Coming Year in the Capitol

Highlights from the Democrats 2023 legislative agenda. 

Colorado Lawmakers Look to AI to Detect Wildfires Earlier

A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive.

NEWS BRIEFS

"Meet Me at Higo" Opens in the Level 8 Gallery of The Seattle Public Library's Central Library

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NAACP Portland Calls for Justice With Community Prayer Vigil

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Oregon State Celebrates Black History Month With a Series of Events

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Word is Bond Announces Second Annual In My Shoes Walking-tour Project for Black History Month

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Oregon Graduation Rate Rises With Gains Made In Every Student Group

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Kidnapper leaves bloody trail in Oregon, hides under house

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police converged in force on the tiny, unincorporated community of Wolf Creek in southwest Oregon the night of Jan. 26 as they hunted for a suspect who was wanted for kidnapping and torturing a woman nearly to death — and who had previously been convicted of a similar crime...

REI lays off 167 at HQ, cites ‘increasing uncertainty’

SEATTLE (AP) — Outdoor company REI has laid off more than 100 people from its headquarters in and around Seattle, citing “increasing uncertainty” and a need to be profitable. President and CEO Eric Artz said in a letter to employees on Tuesday that 167 people lost their jobs,...

Penn, DeVries lead Drake to 88-81 2OT win over N. Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Roman Penn scored 28 points and distributed six assists and Drake pulled off a dramatic 88-81 double overtime win again Northern Iowa on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs overcame a career-high tying, 30-point effort from Bowen Born who made a 3-pointer at the...

Brown's near perfect shooting effort sends Missouri past LSU

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OPINION

The Beating and Murder of Mr. Tyre Nichols, A Black Man

Time to Abolish the Criminal Injustice System ...

It's Time to Irrigate the Fallow Ground of Minority Media Ownership

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A Letter to Residents of N. and N.E. Portland from Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

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Are Black Individuals Like Kanye West, Van Jones, and Stephen A. Smith ‘Perpetrating a Fraud,’ or is Self-Hate a Primary Motivator for Anti-Blackness

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Black history class revised by College Board amid criticism

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DeSantis pushes ban on diversity programs in state colleges

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Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

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ENTERTAINMENT

Dr. Dre celebrates 'Chronic' anniversary with re-release

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Missy, Willie and George Michael among Rock Hall nominees

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'Dr. Phil' talk show to end daytime TV run after 21 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Daytime television psychologist “Dr. Phil” McGraw says he plans to end his talk show after 21 years in the coming months, but viewers haven't seen the last of him. “Dr. Phil” was the most prominent spinoff from Oprah Winfrey's show, which once dominated...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Dances With Wolves' actor due in court in sex abuse probe

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Lawsuit can proceed against Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

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Turkey slams West for security warnings 'harming' tourism

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George E. Curry NNPA Columnist

Give conservatives credit: They have a loud echo chamber.  It usually begins with a lie or, at best, a clever distortion, and the rest of the right-wing crowd are immediately off to the races. The most recent example is the assertion that President Obama made the economy worse.

That point was advanced in a Wall Street Journal column by Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and, briefly, George W. Bush. She is the author of 10 books, including When Character was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan and The Case Against Hillary Clinton.

In her attempt to make a case against Obama, Noonan wrote in the June 3 Wall Street Journal:

"Two years ago I wrote of Clare Booth Luce's observation that all presidents have a sentence: 'He fought to hold the union together and end slavery.' 'He brought America through economic collapse and a world war.' You didn't have to be told it was Lincoln or FDR. I said that Mr. Obama didn't understand his sentence. But Republicans think they know it.  "Four words: He made it worse.  "Obama inherited collapse, deficits and debt. He inherited a broken political culture. These things weren't his fault. But through his decisions, he made them all worse."

Fox, the network that likes to blame all bad things on Obama all the time, was quick to amplify what is certain to be a GOP campaign theme in 2012.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said during a June 7 Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier, "…And I think you can argue strongly that the Obama administration made it worse.  In the midterm election last year, the idea that Republicans ran on was that he's a left liberal.  What they're going to run on in 2012 is he's at failure.  He tried all of this stuff.  He promised us we'd get improvement, and it hasn't worked.  It was a huge Keynesian experiment, and it hasn't panned out."   

Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox, argued Peggy Noonan's point against resident liberal Alan Colmes [June 7].



O"REILLY: … For you to sit there and say the Obama administration has not made it worse --



COLMES: They made it better.



O'REILLY: -- is for you to just ignore the statistics.



Clearly, Bill O'Reilly is the one ignoring the statistics.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in a report issued last month on the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, noted that President Obama's economic stimulus plan had helped local and state governments by raising federal matching funds under Medicaid and increased funding for transportation projects.

The stimulus program also provided tax relief for individuals and businesses, increased business write-offs and helped people in need by extending and expanding unemployment benefits as well as increasing benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamps program.

According to the CBO, the stimulus program had the following effects in the first quarter of 2011:

·         Raised real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) between 1.1 percent and 3.1 percent

·         Lowered the unemployment rate between 0.6 percentage points and 1.8 percentage points

·         Increased the number of people employed between 1.2 million and 3.4 million

·         Increased the number of full-time equivalent jobs by 1.6 million to 4.6 million compared with what would have happened otherwise



The Center on Policy and Budget Priorities, an independent think tank in Washington, D.C., noted that economic activity as measured by inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) was contracting when the financial stabilization bill known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were enacted. Since then, however, the economy has grown for seven straight quarters.

Media Matters, the watchdog group, observed: "Economists also agreed that the stimulus was effective.  A March 2010 study in the Wall Street Journal found that 70 percent of economists surveyed said the stimulus 'boosted growth and mitigated job losses.' ABC News reported on February 18, 2010, that most of the economists on its panel thought the economy 'would be worse today without the big aid package.' And a February 2010 survey of 203 members of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) found that 'eighty-three percent believe that GDP is currently higher than it would have been without the 2009 stimulus package."

Those are the statistics that Bill O'Reilly chooses to ignore.

None of this campaign to blame Obama for everything wrong in America should be surprising.  It is part of a pattern by conservatives:  Make up an outrageous lie – such as the President was not born in the United States and is therefore unqualified to hold office – keep repeating that lie over and over until a large segment of ill-informed people believe it and even when the lie is proven to be a lie, continue claiming it is the truth while you make up yet another lie.

Perhaps we should send O'Reilly and the folks at Fox News the lyrics to Sunshine Anderson's 'Heard it all Before:' "Heard it all before. All of ya lies…But your lies ain't working now."



George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. 

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.