Conservative publication slams efforts to oust Liz Cheney from leadership role as a ‘sad commentary on the state of the House GOP’

In 2021, the arch-conservative Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has made it abundantly clear that she isn't about to go along to get along when it comes to former President Donald Trump and the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building. The GOP congressman blames Trump for the January 6 insurrection, acknowledging Joe Biden as the legitimately elected president of the United States — policy differences and all — and calling out Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020 as the lies they are. For infuriating Trumpistas and refusing to bow down to Dear Leader, Cheney is likely to be removed from her current position as House Republican Conference chair — and the conservative National Review slams efforts to oust Cheney in a staff editorial published on May 5.

"It isn't Cheney who is preventing Republicans from moving on and repairing the wounds from the 2020 election," the Review's editorial board writes. "It is Trump himself. Six months after being defeated, he still won't drop it — in statements, in TV appearances, and in impromptu speeches to small crowds at Mar-a-Lago. These statements are divisive and false, yet the same people now coming after Cheney don't raise a peep about them."

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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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