Did Columbus Dispatch cartoonist lift from humorist Borowitz?

Romenesko Misc.

Andy Borowitz reminds his Facebook fans that he wrote a piece last Thursday headlined, "New Study Finds iPad is Cure for Adultery; Owners ‘Stop Noticing Other People Altogether." He then points to Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist Jeff Stahler's drawing three days later that shows a group of people staring at their phones and has this caption: "New study: Smart phone users are less likely to commit adultery, since they've stopped noticing others around them."

I've emailed Stahler and Dispatch editor Ben Marrison for comment and will post what they have to say. || UPDATE: Marrison says the paper's investigation found that the similarity "appears to be a coincidence." [This post was modified to remove a comment from a Borowitz fan on Facebook.]

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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