The Press: Secret Dogs of War

The dog story on Page One of Hearst's San Francisco Call-Bulletin looked as harmless as a puppy: the Stanford Research Institute wanted to rent ten acres of city-owned land to train Army dogs in spotting land mines.

A Call-Bulletin reporter picked up the story at the city's Public Utilities Commission; the institute's rental request was listed on the commission's mimeographed calendar, open for public inspection. After the story was in print, the Bulletin called the institute (which is independent of Stanford University) for more facts, was told that the dog project was a military secret. The institute asked City Editor Jack McDowell...

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