The 5 Goofiest Right-Wing Defenses of Romney's Terrible Debate Performance

The Romney camp is in damage control mode after President Obama scored a debate victory so resounding, that even a Fox News contributor acknowledged “President Obama won the debate on knowledge of the issues.” But the clear competency of the President isn’t stopping the Romney camp and its allies from coming out swinging, trying to spin everything from Obama’s speaking patterns to that pesky bayonet issue. So far, the only gaffe the right seems unwilling to defend is the existence of Iran’s 1,100 miles coastline, which Romney denied last night when he said that Syria was Iran’s access to the sea. Beachfront-access aside, here’s a roundup of the most desperate attempts to reframe the debate. 

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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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