I watched and waited all last week for any updates regarding the accusations that Urban Tulsa cartoonist David Simpson had blatantly plagiarized a Jeff MacNelly editorial cartoon. No emails were returned, no notices posted on their website or twitter account that they even acknowledged being aware of any “WTF?” from anyone from Poynter on down to passers-by twitterers.
A brand new Urban Tulsa edition is off the press. You can download the issue from their site. A new Simpson cartoon is printed. Page 7.
In the absence of a response or even acknowledgement that there might be a problem, the question perhaps asked is no longer “Is David Simpson a plagiarist?” but “Has David Simpson found someone with equal journalism standards?”
And the second question after looking at the new cartoon… “Is that an original?”
UPDATE: This is about as close as a response as I’ve seen. This Land Press, a site dedicated to “telling the story of Oklahoma”, contacted the Tulsa Weekly editor and publisher and got the following response:
When asked for a comment by This Land Press, Skrzypczak said, ?There?s not really much to say.?
When asked if he had any reaction to the allegations against Simpson, Skrzypczak said, “I think I would probably do that in my own paper if I had any.”
UPDATED: Apparently not. A Daily Cartoonist reader tipped me off that today’s cartoon definitely isn’t an original.