Friday, August 7, 2009

Win Ben Stein's Column: NYT Fires Biz Writer

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19:  Actor Ben Stein spea...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Ben Stein, 64, was a speechwriter for Presidents Nixon and Ford, a scene-stealing monotone teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off ("Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"),and a quiz show host on Comedy Central.

Add to the list of what Ben Stein no longer is--"Everybody's Business" columnist for the Sunday New York Times.
The Times fired Stein because of what they deemed the inherent conflict of interest in Stein shilling for in a series of tv ads. Freescore, a financial services company, offers customers a "free" credit score but actually charges them $29.95 to see the credit report on which the score is based. Such credit reports are free in many states and under federal law, and available at Websites such as

The Times said it is an ethical breach for a journalist to perform public relations work, paid or not. Stein still has his Comcast tv commercials with NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Freescore or Free throw, it's all the same to Ben Stein.
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  1. Both Alan Greenspan and Ben Stein will land on their feet. Greenspan will be asking, "You want fries with that?" and Stein will be holding a sign that says, "Will work for food." Or not.