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World Newsweek sorry for op-ed questioning Kamala Harris' citizenship

02:32  16 august  2020
02:32  16 august  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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The United States-based news magazine, Newsweek , has apologised for an op - ed that questioned Senator Kamala Harris ' citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden's running mate, a false and racist conspiracy theory which President Donald Trump has not dismissed. "This op - ed is being used by

(THE HILL) Newsweek has apologized after an op - ed it published about Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the presumptive Democratic vice presidential “Before we so cavalierly accept Senator Harris ' eligibility for the office of vice president, we should ask her a few questions about the status of her

Kamala Harris holding a microphone: The op-ed echoed the so-called 'birther' conspiracy theory supported by Trump that claimed ex-President Obama was not born in the US [File: Carolyn Kaster/AP] © [File: Carolyn Kaster/AP] The op-ed echoed the so-called 'birther' conspiracy theory supported by Trump that claimed ex-President Obama was not born in the US [File: Carolyn Kaster/AP]

The United States-based news magazine, Newsweek, has apologised for an op-ed that questioned Senator Kamala Harris' citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden's running mate, a false and racist conspiracy theory which President Donald Trump has not dismissed.

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Newsweek has apologized for publishing a Birther-echoing column falsely questioning Senator Kamala Harris ' eligibility to serve as vice president. After that dragging, editors Nancy Cooper and Josh Hammer penned a lengthy editor’s note defending the publication of the op - ed , and asserted it

Newsweek has apologized for publishing and promoting a conspiracy theory regarding newly announced presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris . Authored by John Eastman , a law professor at Chapman University, the article questioned whether or not Harris is

"This op-ed is being used by some as a tool to perpetuate racism and xenophobia. We apologize," read Newsweek editor's note on Friday, which replaced the magazine's earlier detailed defence of the op-ed.

"We entirely failed to anticipate the ways in which the essay would be interpreted, distorted and weaponized," read the apology, signed by Josh Hammer, opinion editor, and Nancy Cooper, global editor in chief.

But they ended the note by saying that the op-ed would remain on the site, with their note attached.

The op-ed was written by John Eastman, a conservative attorney who argues the US Constitution does not grant birthright citizenship.

Eastman sowed doubt about Harris' eligibility based on her parents' immigration status. Harris' mother was born in India and her father in Jamaica.

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Newsweek has apologized after an op - ed it published about Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, drew an avalanche of criticism that it perpetuated a racist conspiracy theory about her eligibility to be vice president. The magazine added an editor’s note

Also why did the author wait until Kamala Harris , who was literally running for President for months, wait until being selected for VP? I guess we need to ban all journalism that you perceive to have negative intentions. Why didn't he write the article right after Harris announced her POTUS run?

Harris, 55, is the first Black woman and woman of South Asian heritage to be granted the honour of a place on the ticket of a major US party.

Newsweek had earlier defended the op-ed piece, arguing that Eastman "was focusing on a long-standing, somewhat arcane legal debate" about the 14th Amendment and not trying to "ignite a racist conspiracy theory around Kamala Harris' candidacy".

But the theory is false. Harris, who was tapped by Joe Biden to serve as his running mate on the Democratic ticket, was born in Oakland, California, and is eligible for both the vice presidency and presidency under the constitutional requirements.

The question is not even considered complex, according to constitution lawyers.

Trump's political career has seen him questioning an opponent's legitimacy. He was a high-profile force behind the "birther movement" - the lie that questioned whether President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, was eligible to serve.

Obama was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father and a white American mother. Only after mounting pressure during his 2016 campaign did Trump disavow his claims.

Asked about the matter at the White House on Thursday, Trump told reporters he had "heard" rumours that Harris does not meet the requirement to serve in the White House.

"I heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements," he said. "I have no idea if that's right."

Trump added that Eastman, who is a professor at Chapman University, "is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer" and that he considered the rumours "very serious".

Eastman was also an unsuccessful Republican challenger, losing in the primary for the 2010 California attorney general's election won by Harris, who served in that post before becoming a US senator.

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