Conservative columnist cuts through Trump's spin on Mueller’s final report and explains why Trump isn't close to being vindicated

By Michael Vadon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

President Donald Trump has been gloating over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited final report for the Russia investigation, boasting on Twitter that it showed “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” And much of the right-wing media has been echoing that assertion. But conservative journalist Max Boot has a very different perspective, explaining in his Monday column for the Washington Post why he doesn’t see Mueller’s final report as a total vindication of Trump and his associates.

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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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