THE TRUTH MATTERS
The TV station KHOU 11, a CBS affiliate in Houston, TX, owned by Tegna, Inc., has been misleading viewers with a video report produced for their VERIFY segment called:
VERIFY: Kamala Harris is eligible to run for vice president
It was published on YouTube on Aug 13, 2020 with a video description that says:
“Social media users claim Kamala Harris is ineligible to run for U.S. vice president because her parents were born in a foreign country. Those claims are false.”
And then again on August 13, 2020 with a video description that says:
“The Constitution mandates that a president and vice president must be at least 35, a "Natural Born Citizen" and must have lived in the U.S for at least 14 years.”
The KHOU 11 VERIFY report cites three sources:
• Article II Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution
• CRS Report by Jack Maskell, Legislative Attorney, November 14, 2011
“Qualifications for President and the “Natural Born” Citizenship Eligibility Requirement”
• Lawrence B. Solum, Law professor from University of Virginia School of Law
THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
NATURAL BORN CITIZEN & CITIZEN ARE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS
The KHOU 11 report failed to cite the fact that the U.S. Constitution also establishes the Citizenship qualifications for Congress required in Article I. These Citizenship qualifications are not the same as the Natural Born Citizenship requirement for the Office of the President who is also Commander-in-Chief of the nation’s Armed Forces. Natural Born Citizen and Citizen are not synonymous and the 14th Amendment did not and cannot repeal Article 2. Although the presidential eligibility clause in Article 2 has never been amended, the Twelfth Amendment extended the requirement that one be a Natural Born Citizen to the Office of the Vice President.
CRS REPORT FALSE
TWO DIFFERING DEFINITIONS OF NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
Constitutional Attorney Mario Apuzzo refutes the validity of the 2011 CRS Report explaining how author Jack Maskell changed his definition of Natural Born Citizen from his earlier 2009 CRS report, and how both are false. Attorney Apuzzo authoritatively provides the correct definition of Natural Born Citizen as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court. Apuzzo cites the specific court cases throughout our nation’s history that have established it as “the settled legal definition of the clause under American national common law.”
VIRGINIA LAW PROFESSOR SOLUM MORPHS AGAIN
THREE DIFFERING DEFINITIONS OF NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
According to a report in 2010 by Constitutional Attorney Mario Apuzzo published Wednesday, May 19, 2010, Solum changed his definition of Natural Born Citizen.
In January 2010, Solum correctly acknowledges a Natural Born Citizen is anyone born on American soil whose parents are citizens of the United States. At the time Attorney Apuzzo published his article, he linked to Solum’s article at the Michigan Law Review. That resource is no longer available and trying to access the link generates a 404 error.
However, the article as originally written is still accessible with the Wayback Machine at Archive.org as you can see below.
ORIGINALISM AND THE NATURAL BORN CITIZEN CLAUSE
Lawrence B. Solum
January 5, 2010
Solum’s article was also published on September 8, 2008 as an Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 08-17, then subsequently revised on April 18, 2010 with a differing definition of Natural Born Citizen as anyone born on American soil with an American parent is clearly a "Natural Born Citizen.”
Kamala Harris would not Constitutionally qualify according to either of these definitions as previously interpreted by Solum.
Solum morphs his interpretation of the definition of a Natural Born Citizen again in 2020 for the KHOU 11 report as merely anyone who is born on American soil.
“If you are born on American soil, you are a Natural Born Citizen”
Lawrence B. Solum
August 13, 2020
At what point does a reasonable thinking person question whether Solum’s interpretational changes over time were made for the benefit of aspiring Presidential hopefuls, who would otherwise not qualify for that office?
NATURAL BORN CITIZEN REQUIREMENT IS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
PREEMINENT VIRGINIA LAW PROFESSOR HERB TITUS
KHOU 11 also failed to acknowledge the prestigious Constitutional attorney and legal scholar Herb Titus in Virginia, who explains how the Natural Born Citizen requirement safeguards national security.
2020 BALLOT CHALLENGES
LEGAL ACTIONS IN MULTIPLE STATES
KHOU 11 also failed to update their report acknowledging legal actions in multiple states challenging the Constitutional eligibility of Kamala Harris, including this one with a pro se plaintiff in Virginia.
1. Kamala Harris is not a Natural Born Citizen.
2. CRS Memo published differing interpretations of Natural Born Citizen in reports between 2009 and 2011, both incorrect.
3. Lawrence Solum changed his definition of Natural Born Citizen in 2010 and again in 2020, both incorrect.
VETTING FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY
In order to ensure sole allegiance to our Republic with no divided loyalties, the Framers of the Constitution required one to be a Natural Born Citizen in order to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief. There is no uniform procedure among the 50 different state legislatures to uphold this crucial requirement. Therefore, vetting of candidates and enforcement does not exist. Here is one example of how the qualifying checklist for the Republican Party requires the following notarized oath:
"I DO SWEAR OR AFFIRM MY ALLEGIANCE TO THE GEORGIA REPUBLICAN PARTY"
However, the qualifying checklist for the Democratic Party of Georgia requires no oath of allegiance.
KHOU 11 substantiates their VERIFICATION & FACT-CHECKING reports this way:
“We report the news accurately, thoroughly and in context on all platforms. We vet sources, verify facts and challenge assumptions before reporting news.”
They also promise to make corrections, so if the public is interested in accountability, they should let KHOU 11 know that truth matters.
“We will make corrections promptly and proportionate to the original reporting.”
And because the Truth Matters, it should be pointed out that Dan Rather was the news director at KHOU in 1961. Yes, the same Dan Rather from the infamous “Rathergate” scandal at CBS. Rather admitted it was “a mistake in judgement” to push a fraudulent politically motivated story from partisan sources and forged documents on the eve of a Presidential election. The documents were conclusively proven to be forgeries as the result of an investigation led by a certified forensic document examiner.