June 1, 2016

Just the facts: No chairs thrown in Nevada


It was the first two words of a New York Times story and was repeated over and over again by major news organizations.

“Thrown chairs. Leaked cellphone numbers. Death threats spewed across the Internet,” read the lead on the New York Times story.

But now it seems no one can remember seeing any thrown chairs at the controversial Nevada Democratic Convention, by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders or otherwise.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses in February, but the Sanders campaign was hopeful the delegates for each candidate would come out fairly even. That hope was dashed when nearly 60 of Sanders’s potential delegates were deemed ineligible due to a dispute over the rules during the convention on May 14.

And while the chaos and ensuing death threats are indisputable, the chair throwing seems to be exaggerated, if not entirely fiction, according to a report by Snopes, a rumor-busting website.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article80910342.html#storylink=cpy

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