The Press: Tacoma Tempest

Tacoma, Wash, (population 106,817) has had more than its share of major kidnappings (George Weyerhaeuser in 1935, Charles Mattson in 1936), does not think highly of the way newspapers and radio cover this kind of news. After the Mattson boy was murdered the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce publicly censured reporters and editors for "gross mistakes that many people believe may have prevented the return of this child unharmed" (TIME, Feb. 8, 1937). Last week crime news was worrying Tacomans again, but this time they were afraid they weren't getting enough.

Tacoma's new...