When the AP reported that – according to their research – Hillary Clinton had won enough delegates and super delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for POTUS. Having crunched the numbers and contacted all of the super delegates, the AP stated that Secretary Clinton was the “Presumptive Nominee” and people lost their collective minds.
Sanders supporters were livid.
How dare they announce that she’s won the nomination before the polls on Tuesday?
As I said in Word Choices, picking the right words matters a lot.
In this case, it’s a case of people selectively misrepresenting what has actually be said.
- There was no announcement from Secretary Clinton’s campaign or the Democratic Party
- There was a report from a well-respected organization
- No one declared Secretary Clinton the winner
- Math provided a logical conclusion
Pick the right words, read the correct words, don’t change meaning when relaying the information you’ve read.