Two weeks ago we complained that the Leader had been using the supercharged (and certainly quaint) term “transient” to describe a police incident at McCambridge Park.
The problem with this language is that it in effect makes an editorial judgement about the nature of the participants. The individuals may have even been from around here, or they’re at least here now.
There’s been a change.
Now if only they would drop the word “gadfly” as a description for council critics. They apparently wrestled with this issue about 25 years ago, and for a while started using the term “council critic” instead. Then — for some reason never explained — they went back to the more demeaning term.
It is marginalizing, and rather insulting. It’s also not accurate. At least not in Burbank– as this last city manager discovered to his surprise. Burbank critics are effective.