Jon Stewart tells Fox News’ Shep Smith that ‘so-called fiscal hawks’ are blocking the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund: ‘The hypocrisy is just stunning’

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Comedian and activist Jon Stewart on Tuesday joined Fox News’ Shep Smith on Tuesday to discuss the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), hours after testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the “Never Forget the Heroes Act” — a bill which would extend the VCF authorization through 2090.

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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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