Salt Lake Tribune political correspondent sets the record straight on Trump's Tuberville call after GOP's Mike Lee objects

Following the "Save America Rally" on January 6, then-President Donald Trump returned to the White House and continued to hope that he could prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's Electoral College victory — and one of the Republicans Trump spoke to the afternoon of the U.S. Capitol Building siege was Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. Trump accidentally phoned Lee when he meant to phone Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. Then, on the evening of January 6, Lee exchanged some text messages with Salt Lake Tribune reporter Bryan Schott, who discusses those texts in an article published by the Tribune on Wednesday, February 10 — the second day of Trump's impeachment trial for incitement to insurrection.

Schott recalls that on Wednesday night, January 6 — after the insurrectionists had been cleared out of the U.S. Capitol Building and it was safe for Congress to resume its Electoral College vote count — Lee "related the story of how then-President Donald Trump mistakenly called his phone thinking it belonged to Tommy Tuberville, the newly-elected senator from Alabama."

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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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