Humor columnist disappointed Flatland didn't rip him off


Mark Saal wonders why, despite a long career of pilfering humor columnists' work, Jon Flatland left his alone. He searches some of his favorite lines from his columns and comes up empty -- and a little disappointed.

No real writer likes to see plagiarism happen, but don't kid yourself. Ninety-five percent of all the humor columnists in the country were secretly hoping they'd had at least one piece among those plagiarized by Flatland. And the other 5 percent are liars.

The snub, he decides, is a wake-up call: "If I ever expect to be plagiarized, I'm going to have to start producing -- right here, right now -- some better source material."

In related news, fellow serial plagiarist Steve Jeffrey's future as president of a local chamber of commerce is in question, the Strathmore Standard of Alberta, reports.

Previously: Jon Flatland, columnist and former newspaper owner, exposed as serial plagiarist | How serial plagiarist Jon Flatland learned he’d been caught | Humor writer says he’s uncovered another serial plagiarist

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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