As the story reports, union leaders have been surprised by the attacks. Perhaps that’s why the pols seems to be winning on language points. But that’s not a reason for the press to adopt those loaded terms, or let troublesome assertions go without the context readers need to make sense of them.

Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at holly.yeager@gmail.com.