My one-question interview with pollster Pat Caddell

Pat Caddell is a political mastermind who was a pollster for McGovern and Jimmy Carter. He's advised a number of insurgent presidential campaigns as well, including Jerry Brown and Howard Dean's. It's pretty much always worth looking for his take on political currents. I conducted a quick interview with Caddell, and I'm releasing the transcript here on AlterNet:

JAN: Bush’s polls are at their lowest ever, and the Republican Party has extremely low confidence numbers as well. Yet the Democrats' numbers aren't going up either. Why’s that?

PAT CADDELL: Because the Democrats don’t stand for anything. It’s really simple. They don’t stand for anything except for the Republicans losing.

It's not pleasant a road to travel down, but in the context of Caddell's response, what does DeLay's departure mean? That the Democrats got exactly what they've been after. A tautology, yes, but that's the point. This is a party and support machine that in its current state exists to make Republicans look bad. D.C. Democrats and their cheerleaders over the past five years have set themselves to be about Republicans. Are you ready to hate, hate, hate Roy Blunt?

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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