Republican twists himself into knots to explain why Clinton was guilty but Trump is not

Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio was among the Republicans in the House of Representatives who, in 1998, voted to impeach President Bill Clinton. Chabot is still a member of the House Judiciary Committee 21 years later, but now that President Donald Trump could be the one facing impeachment, Chabot is singing a very different tune — and in a recent interview with the Atlantic’s Russell Berman, he jumped through hoops to explain why he believes that Clinton deserved impeachment but Trump doesn’t.

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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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