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Tuesday, August 17, 2004  

Chavez victory

Chavez has won an emphatic victory in Venezuela endorsed by independent electoral monitors led by Jimmy Carter. Yet today's IT headlines the news report with "Chavez claims victory in vote on his rule" (my italics). Claiming a victory seems to me to be quite different from actually winning a victory.'s definitions are listed:

1. To demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due: claim a reward; claim one's luggage at the airport carousel.
2. To take in a violent manner as if by right: a hurricane that claimed two lives.

3. To state to be true, especially when open to question; assert or maintain: claimed he had won the race; a candidate claiming many supporters.

4. To deserve or call for; require: problems that claim her attention.

Definition 3 is clearly the one that fits the context of the headline. Why didn't the IT simply headline with "Chavez wins vote on his rule" or even "Emphatic win for Chavez in vote on his rule". Seems to me to be more accurate than simply claiming a win which implies doubt.

posted by Sarah | 09:36 1 comments
Watch the White House develop a sudden enthusiasm for manual recounts....
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