It doesn’t get much stranger in terms of small town Southwestern newspaper coverage than the recent back-and-forth reported by the Arizona Republic about efforts to stage a U.S. style “running of the bulls” event this October in Cave Creek.
“Running with the Bulls USA” is the brainchild of Phil Immordino, a professional golf focused author, media personality, and motivational speaker. He wants to pick up where previous Pamplona-like stateside events in Mesquite, Nevada (1998-99) and Scottsdale (2002) left off, within the confines of a friend’s private arena. But the bull has now hit the fan.
With PETA taking partial credit for this week’s decision by Cave Creek city officials to revoke an event permit granted in July, MSNBC, Fox News Latino, AP and other national media have stampeded to the topic. Immordino though still sounds defiant.
The only things missing right now are a reality TV show connection and coverage in the LA Times.