A Humiliated Geraldo Rivera Backpedals on Calling Mail Bombs a ‘False Flag’ Attack After Suspect Is Arrested

Many wingnuts in the far-right media—from Rush Limbaugh to Ann Coulter to Townhall’s John Cardillo—were quick to claim that the series of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats this week was a “false flag” operation designed to discredit President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. But with investigators having found a suspect, veteran television journalist Geraldo Rivera is retracting his “false flag” claims.

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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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