New York Press debuted a new sex column yesterday authored by Claudia Lonow who, rather than thinking up her own weird sex question or asking her friends to make one up, copied the questions from a 2006 Dan Savage column. Savage Love is published online in The Onion’s A.V. Club and, according to Wikipedia is “internationally syndicated.”
I guess it makes sense to copy from the best, but I wish more people would pay attention to my top ten tips on how to be a plagiarist. Your career might be longer than a day.
The copying was noticed almost immediately and yesterday the New York Press accepted Claudia Lonow’s resignation. Apparently “she was unaware that using questions from Savage’s column was a breach of journalism ethics. She has offered her resignation, and we’ve accepted it. We apologize to our readers, and to Dan Savage, for this error in judgment. ”