A 2,100-word story in the trade publication Air Cargo News helped frame one of Missouri's biggest political debates. A proposal to goose the movement of cargo through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with up to $360 million in state tax credits faced a formidable opponent in Michael Webber, the author of the article. An air cargo consultant who lives in Prairie Village, Webber ridiculed the proposal, calling it a "speculative venture" built more on hopes and dreams than thoughtful analysis. His stridency made him a go-to source for reporters who were trying to get a handle on the project. In an interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune, Webber called Aerotropolis' promoters a "bunch of lying bastards." Even people who may not have agreed with Webber had to concede that Aerotropolis got a more thorough vetting as a result of his outspokenness.