I see that a national magazine has a cover featuring a ‘President-elect.’ The magazine in question might want to consult a dictionary for a definition of the title ‘President-elect‘ lest they embarrass themselves further.
It does not mean ‘a former candidate who has been chosen by the news media as the media’s own choice‘. I did check the definition myself, and according to this source, at least by the last definition, it means what it has always meant:
Strictly, the person elected President of the United States between the time of election by the Electoral College and installation in office.Wiktionary
I like how they begin the definition with the word ‘strictly‘. Actually I prefer the ‘strict’ definition of a word or phrase in most cases; at least then there is a nod to standards and tradition and correctness, rather than the careless, “whatever” approach to word-meanings.
So a “President-elect’ means one who has been elected via the Electoral College, but who is awaiting his inauguration. There is no such person as of this writing. The Electoral College will not meet until January, 2021, to cast their duly-allotted votes. Then there will be a ‘President-Elect’ who will be sworn into office later that month. But not until then. And until then the media should stop misleading the public by implying that we have a ‘President-Elect at this moment.
But then they know what they are doing, don’t they.