The time I corrected NPR

…proving once again how devastatingly smart I am.  That’s right, I corrected NPR.  It was all done in the name of honest, high quality journalism, the likes of which our readers have come to expect from ye olde Chronicles.

The satisfaction of my inner nerd is just a fringe benefit.

In a recent news story, which had also made its rounds on social media in various formats generating the typical responses one has come to expect from those most prone to offer comments on such issues, NPR reported on the recent Texas controversy where state authorities are refusing to issue birth certificates to children whose parents cannot provide documentation that meets the requirements of Texas law.   It was stated (and often repeated through channels of cyberspace) that birthright citizenship is “made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen.”

Just follow the link here (or above) and read the second paragraph.  You’ll see…

…you will see that it NO LONGER says that all persons born on U.S. soil are automatically citizens, because it has been corrected.   There is an update posted a little farther down the page.  It goes something like this:

“Update on July 20 at 1:16 p.m. ET. Birthright: Our original post stated that the 14th Amendment automatically confers citizenship on anyone born in the United States.  One careful reader rightly noted that this is not quite right: The 14th confers citizenship on anyone born in the United States ‘and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ …”

That careful reader?  Yeah, to borrow a phrase from Snoop Dogg, he is I and I am him. The correction eventually explains that:

“In other words, and as our reader rightly noted, the 14th excludes children born to diplomats or hostile occupying forces and those born on foreign public ships.”

Go ahead and read the full update at NPR for yourself, and then leave a comment thanking that careful reader, praising his meticulous attention to detail and objective, scientific scrutiny of this issue, whilst maintaining an unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence.  But do that later, after I am done gloating.

Just another benefit of being a Chronicle reader.  Now you know one of those nerds who corrects seemingly trivial inaccuracies in otherwise reputable news outlets.

You’re welcome.

The Management


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