Disqualification Clause In Trump v. Anderson and Pro-Israel Media Bias in US Newspapers

Disqualification Clause In Trump v. Anderson

On February 8, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trump v. Anderson. The Colorado Supreme Court had held that Donald Trumps participation in the January 6 insurrection makes him ineligible to be president, under the Disqualification Clause in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. At issue is whether the Colorado court erred in holding that Donald Trump is disqualified from the office of the presidency.

During the arguments, with the exception of Sonia Sotomayor, all of the members of the Supreme Court ” many of whom identify as originalists — signaled that they are prepared to ignore the command of the Disqualification Clause and refuse to allow Colorado to exclude Trump from the ballot.

Section 3 was enacted by Congress in the wake of the Civil War to disqualify people from holding office who had served in government prior to the war, but then supported the Confederacy. Nevertheless, during the Trump v. Anderson oral arguments, the Supreme Court members all but ignored the January 6 insurrection, the greatest threat to the survival of the Republic since the Civil War.

Guest – Marjorie Cohn is Professor of Law Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Marjorie is also Dean of the Peoples Academy of International Law and a member of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. She writes frequent articles about the Supreme Court for Truthout.

Pro-Israel Media Bias in US Newspapers

Analysis of the coverage of Israels war on Gaza by three major newspapers”The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times”reveals consistent bias against Palestinians, according to a recent report by the Intercept. The analysis, which examined more than 1,000 articles from these publications during the first six weeks of Israels assault, focused on usage of key terms and their contextual framing.

The study uncovered significant disparities in the reporting of casualties and the emotional language used. Terms like slaughter and massacre were disproportionately applied when describing the killing of Israelis compared to Palestinians. For instance, editors and reporters used the word slaughter 60 times to describe the killing of Israelis, but only used it once when referring to Palestinians. The word massacre was used 125 times to describe the killing of Israelis but only used twice for Palestinians. The term horrific was used 36 times in the context of Israeli casualties compared to just 4 times for Palestinians.

Despite the fact that Israels genocide in Gaza has caused an unprecedented loss of life among children”with more than 10,000 reported fatalities as of the present”only two headlines out of more than 1,100 news articles in the study mentioned the word children in connection with Gazan victims. Similarly, the plight of journalists, with more than 100 Palestinian reporters killed due to the Israeli bombardment, received scant attention. The word journalists and its iterations, such as reporters and photojournalists, appeared in only 9 headlines in over 1,100 articles.

Guest – Mischa Geracoulis is a journalist and critical media literacy expert. Mischa is the Curriculum Development Coordinator at Project Censored, and serves on the editorial board of the Censored Press and The Markaz Review. She writes about journalistic ethics and standards, press and academic freedoms, identity and culture, and the protracted disinformation campaign against the Armenian Genocide.

Hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian and Marjorie Cohn.

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