Woodward Update

Bob Woodward's personal state of denial deepened Monday night during his appearance on Larry King Live.

How else to explain the total disconnect between the story he is reporting -- an administration that has repeatedly failed to tell the truth about a war in which, according to Woodward, "the stakes could not be higher" -- and his takeaway from that story.

After spending much of his hour-long appearance presenting examples of the administration's dishonesty about the war ("In this period of difficulty and darkness, we have not been getting the straight story unfortunately"), Woodward was asked if the revelations in his new book had caused him to reconsider what he wrote in his previous two books about Bush.

Woodward's reply? "No, because that's what happened." Even the usually unflappable King was taken aback, asking, "You don't change any opinions?" "No," said Woodward, "I don't."

To which I say: Why the hell not?

Then came this stunning exchange:

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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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