An amendment by the Times

Rocket Man has frequently noted that the New York Times’ Corrections section betrays, along with that paper’s extravagant political bias, an ignorance of history that would shame a competent high school student. Today’s Corrections provide an astounding example.
Best of the Web Today points out that in the Times article on Wesley Clark’s professed support for a constitutional amendment supporting laws against flag desecration, Times reporter Edward Wyatt noted: “While the House has approved a flag amendment bill in most sessions in recent years, the Senate has not taken up the issue since 2000, when the proposal fell four votes short of the necessary two-thirds required for a constitutional amendment to be sent to the voters.”
Today the Times ran the following correction: “An article yesterday about Gen. Wesley K. Clark’s support for a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the flag referred incorrectly to the process for adopting one. In the process that begins with passage by Congress, a proposed amendment is normally sent to state legislatures or state conventions for approval, not directly to voters.”
BOTW also notes the peculiarity of this correction, asking: “[W]hat does the Times mean, ‘normally’? State legislatures and state conventions are the only bodies that can ratify an amendment under Article V of the Constitution.”


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