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ERIC Number: ED310386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dr. North and the Kansas City Newspaper War: Public Health Advocacy Collides with Main Street Respectability.
Kovarik, Bill
A case study examined a 1920 controversy between two newspapers. One of the last vestiges of the era of "yellow journalism" was the editorial "war" between the Kansas City "Star" and the Kansas City "Post" which culminated in a 1921 showdown. The "Star," a champion of main street interests and progressive Republican responsibility, was held in much higher esteem than the "Post," known for its pursuit of scandals, lurid crimes, and sex sagas. And yet, when a nationally known public health expert, Dr. Charles North, spent the summer of 1921 serving as a consultant to the Kansas City government, he chose the "Post" as a vehicle for his campaign for mandatory milk pasteurization. North and the "Post" fired sensationalistic broadsides, accusing the town of Kansas City, its charitable organizations and especially the "Star" of complicity in "killing babies." Only pasteurization of milk could clear up epidemics ravaging the nation, North claimed. The "Star," as a champion of small dairy farmers, opposed economic concentration of the industry that would result from a centralized pasteurization system. This unknown incident in the history of journalism raises questions about the use of emotion as a vehicle for arousing public interest in the details of scientific controversy. (Forty-two notes and two newspaper excerpts are included.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas (Kansas City)