McCain Was too Gutless to Pick Lieberman and He'll Be Too Gutless to Drop Palin

Jeralyn Merritt is asking people to bet on when John McCain will drop Sarah Palin from the ticket.

I say never.

Joe Sudbay at AMERICAblog said just the right thing about the McCain capitulation that led to the Palin pick (Joe cites this New York Times article on McCain's selection process, which says McCain really, really wanted to pick Lieberman or Ridge but was effectively ordered not to):

If John McCain was truly the leader he claimed to be, Sarah Palin wouldn't be the v.p., Ridge or Lieberman would be. This was the most important decision McCain had to make in his campaign -- and he had six full months to think about it. But, McCain just could not stand up to the right wing special interests in his party. Not such bold leadership after all.

McCain made a rash, reckless, impulsive decision. That's bad enough. But, the back story shows he just capitulated when challenged by the GOP theocrats.


So we know McCain is afraid of the religious right. And we know from current news stories that the religious right loves Palin even now. (What's more, McCain has raised $10 million just since he picked her, and she's getting the credit.)

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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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