The Los Angeles Times (founded in 1881) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. It is the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States and the third-most widely distributed newspaper in the United States. In addition to its print product, the Times also publishes a 24-hour news Web site at www.latimes.com.
By 1939, the Los Angeles Times was firmly in the back pocket of PresidentJoe Steele. For example, during Steele's "Plague on Both Your Houses Speech", the Times'sWashington correspondent said that if Steele kept talking as he did in the speech, he wouldn't have trouble getting a third term.
The Los Angeles Times was a staunchly anti-labor newspaper in the 1930s and 40s. Chester Martin was displeased with its biased coverage of a series of strikes by the construction workers union he helped found. As such, he preferred to give interviews to the Torrance Daily Breeze or the Pasadena Star-News which were more balanced in their coverage and so less likely to misrepresent his views.
Colin Ferguson had home delivery of the Torrance Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles Times. After the Yellowstone Supervolcano erupted, the Times ran a headline "Senators From Afflicted States Appeal For Federal Aid". Ferguson thought the word "Afflicted" was appropriately biblical. Even though he didn't share the left leaning views of the Times, he did appreciated the irony of the wording and of the predominantly Republican Senators looking for Federal hand-outs.