Testy Copy Editors

Cows for concern
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Author:  J Kaufman [ Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:20 am ]
Post subject:  Cows for concern

DES MOINES, Iowa – Just when it looked as if the Missouri State Fair would trump Iowa this year on the scandal scale with a rodeo clown wearing a President Obama mask, the Iowa State Fair grabbed headlines with its hallowed butter cow smeared in fake blood.
No doubt the pun-loving copy editors and headline writers of the news industry spent Monday salivating over this story.

Apparently not. Googling the story came up with 5,000 or so nearly identical "Iowa State Fair butter cow vandalized" heds [with a couple throwing in "by animal rights activists"], and this, from the San Jose Mercury News site:

Hill: Violence against the Butter Cow -- a sour comment on society

By Angela Hill

Oakland Tribune
Posted: 08/16/2013 03:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 08/18/2013 02:26:31 PM PDT

It's a rancid act of violence to attack the Butter Cow.

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