Dobson subpoena pt. deux

Forced to personify two of the major factions in the fragile but stubbornly resilient Republican coalition you might come up with the Wall St. Journal's John Fund and Focus on the Family's James Dobson.

And today they're in direct conflict.

Last week, you'll recall, the good doctor backtracked on his claim that Rove told him things about Harriet Miers that "he probably shouldn't know" after the Senate Judiciary Committe (who probably should) made reference to a possible subpoena for the info.

Dobson hopped onto his organization's radio show for a scripted subterfuge that was, at best, demonstrably misinformed, revealing nothing that he "probably shouldn't know."

The elephant here is, of course, will Miers overturn Roe v. Wade or not?

Leaves in the Current writes:

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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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