The Press: This Sporting Life

Field & Stream (circ. 1,860,000), a monthly devoted to duck hunting, fishing and other woodsy pursuits, hardly seems like a cockpit of ideological controversy. Yet in recent weeks its owner, the Columbia Broadcasting System, has been the target of angry letters and calls from the environment and conservation lobbies. Some of the protests came from members of Congress, including Henry Reuss, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Natural Resources. Then 50 irate conservationists waved placards in front of CBS's Washington office. Cause of the wrath: the firing of Field & Stream's widely known conservation writer, Michael Frome.

Frome, 54, is...

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