Defending Mrs. Baker

The following article appeared the same week as the one I shared the other day, but it could not be more different.

For one, it ran in a competing publication, The Deseret News. Also, it is very much in favor of the work Mrs. Baker claims to be doing, and goes so far as to give her a platform in which to tell her story, albeit through the words of a third party.

Mrs. Baker and her assistants garnered quite a bit of attention during their brief stay in Salt Lake City, enough so that they acquired the nickname, “The Women in Black.”

At first, the publicity they received was positive, but this changed after citizens and news outlets had inquired as to the true nature of Mrs. Baker’s activities.

It did not change, however, in The Deseret News. For whatever reason, the paper chose to take Mrs. Baker’s claims at face value. While misguided, the following account does provide a fascinating glimpse into Mrs. Baker’s methods and the ways in which she presented herself.

In an era of “fake news,” non-researched articles like the following can help to illustrate just how little some things have changed in the world of journalism over the past hundred years.

The story ran Feb. 29, 1908.

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