The Press: Shakedown in St. Louis

In the city room of the crusading St. Louis Post-Dispatch (circ. 391,890), nothing stirs up a storm faster than a half-told story. Three years ago Veteran City Editor Sam Armstrong got just such an incomplete story from the wire services. The Air Force, said the story, had received no acceptable bids on an $11 million construction job for nearby Scott Air Force Base, although similar work was going ahead on air bases all over the U.S.

The story did not explain why no builder could do the job in the St. Louis area, so Armstrong assigned P-D Reporter Carl Baldwin, 45,...

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