Video: Bill Maher outs Ken Mehlman on CNN

Last night at nine o'clock Bill Maher outed RNC chair Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live. Maher told King that Mehlman's is one of many powerful Republican insiders who are widely known to be gay. The Huffington Post reports that CNN censored Maher's revelation when the show was rebroadcast later that night.

I bet CNN cut out that footage to protect Larry King, not Ken Mehlman. During the interview Larry King told an obvious lie: When Maher said that everyone in Washington had known about Mehlman's sexuality for years, King claimed that he'd never heard that rumor. There's no way Larry King hasn't heard those rumors.

The outing of Mehlman, after all these years, is proof of the institutional implosion of the Republican Party. Nobody wants to cover for a closeted gaybasher, and Mehlman is no longer powerful enough to command complicity.

[Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars]

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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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