These Despicable Trump Supporters Are Engaging in a Cruel Smear Campaign on Behalf of Saudi Arabia Against Jamal Khashoggi

Some Republicans have been very outspoken over the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2 and was allegedly tortured and killed by a Saudi hit squad. Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for the U.S. to “sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia,” describing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, as a “wrecking ball” who is terrible for U.S./Saudi relations. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio declared that there will be a “complete revolt against our policies with Saudi Arabia” on Capitol Hill if MBS ordered the murder of a U.S.-based journalist. President Donald Trump, however, has been reluctant to criticize the Saudi royal family—repeatedly noting they have denied having anything to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance. And some of Trump’s sycophants are so determined to carry the president’s water that they have responded to all the outrage by defaming Khashoggi, including Pajamas Media Co-Founder Roger L. Simon and Fox News’ Harris Faulkner.

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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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