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Western Illinois University Paper Accidentally Prints Vulgar Byline


First Posted: 03/08/11 02:30 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Ah, life at a college newspaper, where late nights and lack of sleep can often lead to unfortunate situations. The editor of the Western Illinois University Courier blames stress for a typo on the paper's back page Monday: a byline that described a writer as a "bad motherf*****."

WQAD talked to the paper's editor:

"In any newsroom situation, it's a highly stressful situation. Jokes are made sometimes to defuse that stress and make everybody feel a little more comfortable," said Western Courier editor-in-chief Ed Komenda. "That byline was in the template for years before I started, and it just so happens it got printed accidentally."

The paper has issued a formal apology.

Watch WQAD's full report below.

 
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