We have heard “presumptive nominee” with increasing frequency. First with Donald Trump; now with Hillary Clinton. What concerns me is that the news media is the loudest voice with this term. I had always considered that the “news” was a reporting of events based on facts and not on speculation, assumptions or presumptions. News journalists are not fortune tellers.
When the Associated Press chose to declare Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, it effectively short-circuited the democratic process of letting the people make a free and informed choice for a candidate.
They were told, in effect, that what you think doesn’t matter because the outcome had been decided. I don’t think this was a conspiracy with evil intent, it is just symptomatic of the abandonment of good journalism in favor of being the first to make a headline.
As part of the campaign reform that is desperately needed, I would like to see a prohibition on the news media “calling” a race before votes are cast. Let the county, state and federal election officials do that; it’s their job. Let the media report news that is based on fact, not on presumptions.
Never miss a local story.
George Burman, Fresno