Fox News host fired for coming to work ‘visibly sick’ during pandemic — despite begging Trump to intervene

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, is interviewed by Heather Childers, host of the "Morning Live" news program on Fox with Chief Construction Electrician Lynn Rodriguez, left, Lt. Sarah Flaherty and Capt. Lisa Franchetti. Ferguson and the other sailors visited New York as part of Navy efforts to commemorate International Women’s Day and the month of March as Women’s History Month. Ferguson participated in a discussion at the U.N. on women in non-traditional roles and later visited the New York Stock Exchange, where he and the Sailors rung the closing bell / Image via.

Fox News has parted ways with an early-morning host who reportedly angered her colleagues by coming to work while “visibly sick” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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