While this is certainly nothing new (CBS didn’t want to “confuse” viewers on “Card Check”), the LA Times went from casually discussing amending the Constitution to allow non-natural born citizens to hold the presidency to completely eradicating such discussion from an updated piece after it gained exposure to Drudge and various other media outlets (great job to InvestigatingObama for the historical tracking on this!).
Here is what the original posting actually said:
By Michael Rothfeld
4:46 PM PST, December 21, 2008
Reporting from Sacramento — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t said whether he would pursue another job in politics after his final term ends in two years. But there’s at least one position he might be interested in, if he were eligible for it: president.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Schwarzenegger said in an interview airing tonight on “60 Minutes” on CBS, when asked by correspondent Scott Pelley if he would like to be president. “I think that I am always a person that looks for the next big goal. And I love challenges. I always set goals that are so high, that are almost impossible to achieve.”
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At the moment, becoming president would be impossible. Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria and became a U.S. citizen in 1983, is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States, as required by the Constitution.
Talk of amending the Constitution was a hot topic in California and Washington during Schwarzenegger’s first couple of years in office, when some of his backers waged an “Amend for Arnold” campaign and members of Congress proposed changing the rule. Schwarzenegger has said he would welcome such a move but has mostly joked about running when asked about it publicly.
Matt David, his spokesman, noted that on “60 Minutes,” the governor was responding to a theoretical question.
In the interview, the governor also lifted the veil on some of his tricks of the trade, both in his cinematic and political careers. With Pelley lifting weights as they spoke, Schwarzenegger said that when he played a muscle man in the movies, he just pretended to lift 300 pounds. [excerpt; article continues] Odd that they decided to redact the lead paragraphs from their Web article. Do you suppose they wanted to shorten it, to save you from scrolling?