[Ed. – In the mainstream media outlets they’re calling the op-ed a “birtherism” eruption. (They’re also calling it “racist,” which is idiotic.) That’s foolish; no one disputes where and under what circumstances Harris was born. “Birtherism” regarding Obama was precisely about those issues. The question with Harris is whether she qualifies as a “natural born citizen” since neither of her parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of her birth in the United States. The consensus is that that’s been ruled on as inherent in the U.S. “birthright citizenship” policy. So the question is really whether there’s any point in challenging that.]
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 late Friday to a piece authored by Chapman University law professor John Eastman in which he suggested Harris, who was born in Oakland, was not a natural-born citizen because her parents were immigrants. …
“This op-ed is being used by some as a tool to perpetuate racism and xenophobia. We apologize,” Josh Hammer, Newsweek’s opinion editor, and Nancy Cooper, its global editor-in-chief, wrote in the note attached to the op-ed on Friday.