Felix Salmon

Ben Stein finally Expelled from NY Times

By Felix Salmon
August 7, 2009

You’ll forgive me if I take some small measure of credit for this one: after something in the region of 35,000 words of the Ben Stein Watch, the world’s worst financial columnist has finally been fired from the New York Times. And I couldn’t be happier. The reason was his appearance in commercials for (and on the homepage of) freescore.com, a sleazy company which exists only to extract large sums of money from those who can least afford it.

NYT spokeswoman Catherine Mathis confirmed this, telling Gawker that “Ben Stein’s fine work for us as a columnist for Sunday Business had to end, we told him, after we learned that he had become a commercial spokesman for FreeScore, a financial services company.”

I’m thinking celebratory Champagne at the Oyster Bar this lunchtime. It is an August Friday, after all. Anybody care to join?

Update: Yes, I’m serious. Oyster Bar, Grand Central Terminal, 1pm. I’ll be the one looking a bit like this.

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My goodness. Who made you guys the thought police? Yeah, let’s fire (or better yet, ruin!) all the people who we can’t agree with, so that our opinions can rule the earth, free from scrutiny and dissent. Then we won’t have to waste any more time learning patience and the pain of having to listen to others who are different from us.

Posted by Joseph Poulshock | Report as abusive

My goodness. Who made you guys so cruel to all life? Yeah, if you happen to like fall into a stinky swap and get covered by leaches and other parasites, why instead of respecting THEIR rights to life and nurturing them with your own blood and flesh you like burn them away and get rid of them and stuff.

Parasites are people too ya know…

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