The Press: News v. the Grasshopper

The grasshopper plague that was swirling over Colorado last week brought misfortune to farmers, mischief to tourists, and misery to Denver's Rocky Mountain News, a Scripps-Howard tabloid (circ. 157,848) with a tendency to swat away indiscriminately at any story that flies by.

At the first whirl of wings last month (TIME, June 16), the News had urgently tagged the grasshoppers as a major menace: "Eastern Colorado faces a disastrous plague." The normally Republican News even applauded when Democratic Governor Steve McNichols got $1,500,000 for hopper-fighting out of the legislature after the Federal Government had turned down his request for $10 million. Exhorted...

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