The 'room' Kevin McCarthy rented from a major pollster violated the building's bylaws: report

When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared on Fox News' morning show, "Fox and Friends," on May 4, one of the things he discussed was his relationship with veteran conservative pollster/consultant Frank Luntz and a "room" he had rented from him in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, in a Fact Checker column published on May 11, gets into the specifics of the "room" that McCarthy was referring to — and reports that in fact, that "room" was "in a 7000-square-foot space."

McCarthy told the "Fox and Friends" hosts, "Frank has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years.… I've rented a room from Frank for a couple of months, but don't worry, I'm back to — going back to where I normally am: on my couch in my office. But, yes, we pay fair market rate."

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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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