Video: Grayson: FOX News the "Enemy of America," Interchangeable with the National Enquirer


On last night's edition of MSNBC's The Ed Show, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., was asked about the Obama administration's criticism of FOX News. Over the last week, administration officials, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, adviser David Axelrod, and Communications Director Anita Dunn have all painted FOX as "not a news organization," in Emanuel's words.

Asked by host Ed Schultz if the administration was wise to pick a fight with FOX, Grayson replied:

Sure. What you do with a bully is you confront the bully and the bully backs down. That's a good description of FOX News. People come on the air -- they insult them, as they did me, they cut off their mics, as they did me, they shout at them and they interrupt them, as they did me, and they curse at them, as they did me. And why would anybody think that FOX News is some sort of valid news organization like that? FOX News and the National Enquirer are basically interchangeable.

Schultz then played a clip of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., accusing the White House of compiling an "enemies list."

Asked to respond, Grayson said:

You know, FOX News and their Republican collaborators are the enemy of America. They're the enemy of anybody who cares about health care in this country, they're the enemy of anybody who cares about educating their children, the enemy of everybody who cares about energy independence, or anything good for this country, and certainly the enemy of peace.

While Grayson's frankness is admirable -- indeed, much needed. Also much needed is a stylist. Seriously, who dressed you for the teevee, Congressman?

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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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