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Ben Stein loses NY Times column over endorsement (Like I really believe why he was let go..)
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Posted on 08/08/2009 11:57:16 AM PDT by blueyon

NEW YORK – Monotone TV personality Ben Stein has been stripped of his Sunday New York Times business column because of his work as a pitchman for a credit monitoring company.

New York Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis released a statement Friday that said the newspaper decided it would not be appropriate for Stein to pitch for FreeScore.com while writing his column.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benstein; coruption; fired; freedomofspeech; newpapers; nyt; obama
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Oh Yea, right.......the old "it would not be appropriate" decision. Boy, am I glad to hear that because I thought it might have something to do with how conservative he is. Thanks for setting me straight.....
1 posted on 08/08/2009 11:57:16 AM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon

Ben is, obviously, better at math than are they. I doubt he’s worried.


2 posted on 08/08/2009 11:58:58 AM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: blueyon

While I agree his firing was politically motivated, I also agree those “FreeCreditReport.com” or whatever ads are beyond the pale.

People, you can get a FREE credit report for FREE for REAL via Equifax. This service he advertises is a scam.

Now I wonder if the Cavs will fire Shaq too?


3 posted on 08/08/2009 12:01:04 PM PDT by whattajoke (.)
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To: blueyon

Columbia J School Rag;

Gawker scoops that The New York Times has finally given its Sunday Business columnist Ben Stein the ol’ heave-ho, after an incredibly dumb ethical lapse last month.

Reuters’ Felix Salmon, a longtime Stein foe, was the first to point out that the actor/columnist/emcee/Nixon speechwriter/”Bueller… Bueller” guy had sold out to a company called freescore.com, appearing in TV ads promoting the morally dubious service.

Gawker quotes Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis (who wouldn’t return my requests for comment a few weeks ago—thanks, Catherine! Have fun with your new job flacking those other hard-to-defend credit-rating firms) saying “Ben didn’t understand when he signed on with FreeScore that this might pose a potential conflict for him as a contributing columnist for the Times, because he hadn’t written about credit scores or this company. But, we decided that being a commercial spokesman for FreeScore while writing his column wouldn’t be appropriate.”

The Times clearly made the right call here, if it did take them a bit too long (at least three weeks) to pull the trigger.

First, it’s a point-blank breach of the Times’s own code of conduct, not to mention common-sense journalism standards.

Second, Stein was shilling for a company that tricks consumers into paying money they don’t need to pay for a service they don’t need to have. The new credit-card bill regulates this stuff, requiring these companies to say that the only place to get a really free report is at AnnualCreditReport.com.

Good riddance, Ben. Take a victory lap, Felix.

Now the question is: Who will get his plum Sunday business column in the NYT?


4 posted on 08/08/2009 12:01:12 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: blueyon

Ben blows with the wind. He supported Franken vocally and financially.


5 posted on 08/08/2009 12:02:00 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: blueyon

As if it will hurt him. Ben can make money many ways. I would love just the money he made to “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. He discovered Jimmy Kimmel and made a great some of money.


6 posted on 08/08/2009 12:02:20 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama's lies make Bill Clinton's lie small)
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To: blueyon

He’s too conservative for them, but if you look carefully at his past, Stein is really more along the lines of the McCain/Nixon country-club progressive statist Republicans.

He also ignored every warning sign of our current economic problems and made fun of people who were predicting it.

This isn’t to say that he doesn’t have his good points. I’m just saying that he’s not Mr. Conservative.


7 posted on 08/08/2009 12:03:58 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: jessduntno
not to mention common-sense journalism standards.

Bwahahahahaha!

It's the NY Times, can't you see how that would not be a standard he'd expect to uphold?

I mean, "journalism standards," what does that mean anyway?

8 posted on 08/08/2009 12:05:24 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: blueyon

Some on here can say what they will, but I imagine that him being conservative and all made it a whole lot easier for them to give him the old heave ho.


9 posted on 08/08/2009 12:05:39 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: blueyon

Ben Stein lost me for good when he decided to endorse Al Franken.


10 posted on 08/08/2009 12:09:50 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: AmishDude

“I mean, “journalism standards,” what does that mean anyway?”

Journalistic works that buttress “Liberal truths.”

One good oxymoron deseves another...


11 posted on 08/08/2009 12:10:15 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: blueyon

Bueller? Bueller? Ben will be ok.........he’s also raking in money doing ads with Shaq!


12 posted on 08/08/2009 12:11:30 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: blueyon

Just wondering, did they give Ben the opportunity to walk from the unethical company he was announcing for? Does the Slimes really believe that anyone with a modicum of brains would know how corrupt and disgusting Acorn promoters are and, consequently, come down on their heads as well? Just a matter of time before the NYT’s sinks under it own weight of garbage and sewer run-off?
Ben could do much better writing for an ethical and important newspaper rather than the “red rag”.


13 posted on 08/08/2009 12:11:42 PM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

“...and made fun of people who were predicting it.”

He, among many others, openly laughed at Peter Schiff when he predicted the housing melt-down and the current
economic disaster.


14 posted on 08/08/2009 12:17:01 PM PDT by gigster
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To: whattajoke; All
".... I also agree those “FreeCreditReport.com” or whatever ads are beyond the pale."


15 posted on 08/08/2009 12:17:47 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: gigster

When he was a guest on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Ben Stein said that he, Ben, was in favor of increasing taxes on “the rich,” because, in Stein’s own words, “the government needs the money.” Oh pl-ease......

Ben Stein’s conservative credentials are tarnished, to say the least.


16 posted on 08/08/2009 12:24:01 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The AFL-CIO.....a domestic terrorist organization doing Obama's dirty work for him.)
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To: blueyon
Ben is an interesting chap. I appreciated his movie, “Expelled,” very much. He is a good economist. Sometimes his loyalty to friends creates contradictions between his political views and his support for liberals. I personally like Stein, but he has no influence over my political views or my votes. He is really small potatoes
17 posted on 08/08/2009 12:26:22 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: blueyon

Well, that’s understandable. We wouldn’t want the NYT to lose its reputation for objectivity by doing anything inappropriate.

/extreme sarc


18 posted on 08/08/2009 12:28:26 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

“Stein is really more along the lines of the McCain/Nixon country-club progressive statist Republicans.”

I disagree wholeheartedly:

Ben if staunchly pro-life (loudly anti-abortion).

And the GOP’s country club wing HATES that sort of moral conviction.


19 posted on 08/08/2009 12:29:13 PM PDT by Notwithstanding (Wer glaubt ist nie allein. Who believes is never alone.)
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To: blueyon

Ben Stein is very pro-Al Franken and very anti-Sarah Palin.

Time to move on folks.


20 posted on 08/08/2009 12:29:25 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Ben has gone off the deep end.
The government “needs the money.”
Indeed.


21 posted on 08/08/2009 12:31:25 PM PDT by gigster
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Sometimes Ben can't get away from being a Jew. He has written some great columns and his “Diary” in the National Review was usually entertaining. He did dwell on his race/religion and that was a turn-off as far as I was concerned.
22 posted on 08/08/2009 12:34:43 PM PDT by BatGuano (Play that Race Card, Mr. prez.!)
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To: BatGuano

As I remember, Ben said he was supporting Franken not based on religious ties, but the fact that they were both ‘Hollywood types’......


23 posted on 08/08/2009 12:38:31 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: bmwcyle

he didn’t “discover” Jimmy Kimmel... Jimmy Kimmel has been around the LA Radio and TV scene for 15 years.


24 posted on 08/08/2009 1:10:06 PM PDT by Hootch (Another perspective)
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To: blueyon

I’ll bet the NYT couldn’t afford to pay Ben any more.


25 posted on 08/08/2009 1:45:05 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: blueyon
Ben Stein is an interesting fellow who seems to know something about economics (although his not anticipating the housing meltdown is inexcusable) but I've never been influenced by him on political issues. Ben Stein strikes me as being politically 'independent' and only 'conservative' on selected issues. That's fine but it makes his political opinions less meaningful when they seem to be based on shifting principles.

As a conservative that supports Sarah Palin and thinks Al Franken is a leftist loon, I parted company with Mr. Stein some time ago on political issues.

26 posted on 08/08/2009 1:52:34 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Do not go gentle into that good night)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
>>Ben blows with the wind. He supported Franken vocally and financially.<<

He did !?!

How much(financially)?

27 posted on 08/08/2009 1:56:37 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation In All Things)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

>>He’s too conservative for them, but if you look carefully at his past, Stein is really more along the lines of the McCain/Nixon country-club progressive statist Republicans.<<

Yes indeed- McCain, Stein, and Nixon belong to the Eisenhower Era of Big Goverment.


28 posted on 08/08/2009 2:00:43 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation In All Things)
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To: blueyon

Steins a jerk after he endorses Al Franken


29 posted on 08/08/2009 2:03:17 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: blueyon

Pinch’s fault. ;o)

I don’t read the NYT but i’m sure Ben will do just fine.

http://benstein.com/
buellermail@aol.com


30 posted on 08/08/2009 2:05:44 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Osnome

I don’t have the link available that lays that all out, but, I believe it was the the personal maximum allowed. Make no difference. He supported Franken and that’s all I need to know.

BTW....Coleman is a Jew, as well, so Ben supporting Franken due to religion is a non-starter.


31 posted on 08/08/2009 2:08:32 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: blueyon

Good old “Chicago Style” Bambi is calling in the markers.


32 posted on 08/08/2009 2:29:23 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Notwithstanding

Ben support gun control, that makes him no conservative, to my mind.

Ed


33 posted on 08/08/2009 2:38:11 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

His dad was Herb Stein, Nixon’s economics guy...when Nixon supported wage/price freezes.

Ed


34 posted on 08/08/2009 2:39:15 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Ben Stein got old pretty fast for me ... I used to read his columns, first (I think) in the American Spectator, and enjoyed them ... for awhile. Read them for awhile in News Max mag, too. Now I just skip them as a matter of course. Too often I get the feeling, as he speaks about his precious kid, his work, his lifestyle, etc., that he’s pretty smug, a “Don’t you wish you were me?” kind of thing. I’ve been guilty of the same thing at times, I’m sure, and find it as unattractive in Stein as I’ve found it in myself. Maybe that’s why I don’t care much for Ben Stein’s columns.


35 posted on 08/08/2009 3:05:44 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Notwithstanding

Just because someone is staunchly anti-abortion, it doesn’t mean he’s not a liberal and wouldn’t betray the core principles of conservatism. If Ben Stein gave money and support to Al Franken, as some here say he did, then HE’S A FAUX CONSERVATIVE, FAUX REPUBLICAN. His stance on abortion becomes irrelevant.


36 posted on 08/08/2009 3:11:02 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: blueyon

More likely his recent turn-around on Obammy. He is on FOX which is anathema to libs. Truth hurts their eyes.


37 posted on 08/08/2009 3:40:22 PM PDT by charmedone (There is a right to health care but no right to be born?)
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To: bmwcyle

Kimmel has been on the scene for sum time.


38 posted on 08/08/2009 3:42:34 PM PDT by charmedone (There is a right to health care but no right to be born?)
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To: whattajoke
While I agree his firing was politically motivated, I also agree those “FreeCreditReport.com” or whatever ads are beyond the pale. People, you can get a FREE credit report for FREE for REAL via Equifax. This service he advertises is a scam.

Have you ever been to the Equifax site? They give you one free and you sign up for a monthly charge of $12.95 for monthly reports.

FreeScore.com has the same Free but $14.95 for reports from ALL three agencies including Equifax. Thus, you get the "$12.95" Equifax report and for $1 each you get reports from the other two agences. Now, who is the scammer? FreeScore.com (3 reports for $14.95) or Equifax (1 report for $12.95)?

39 posted on 08/08/2009 5:47:47 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: ansel12

He supported Ralph Nader for President and does not believe in supply side economics. He also has great praise for Al Sharpton. Other than that he’s a great guy.


40 posted on 08/08/2009 6:15:48 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: blueyon

The NYT cannot stoop to bias - ever. No excuses!


41 posted on 08/08/2009 6:27:50 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: blueyon

Funny, they didn’t care much when he endorsed Al Franken...


42 posted on 08/08/2009 7:40:23 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (I love my country, but I fear it, for it does not love me.)
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To: Finny
"Just because someone is staunchly anti-abortion, it doesn’t mean he’s not a liberal and wouldn’t betray the core principles of conservatism."

You have a point. Martin Sheen, for example, is as Left as they come, but he's a devout Catholic and firmly pro-life.
43 posted on 08/08/2009 7:50:42 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (I love my country, but I fear it, for it does not love me.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
New York Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis released a statement Friday that said the newspaper decided it would not be appropriate for Stein to pitch for FreeScore.com while writing his column.

44 posted on 08/08/2009 7:55:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Yep.
D.


45 posted on 08/08/2009 10:04:27 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (f)
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To: charmedone

What did he do before Win Ben Stein’s money?


46 posted on 08/09/2009 4:27:04 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama's lies make Bill Clinton's lie small)
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To: ColdWater
Have you ever been to the Equifax site? They give you one free and you sign up for a monthly charge of $12.95 for monthly reports.

I did go there a couple yrs ago for a report and it was free and maybe I did have to opt out of a subscription service, I really can't remember. If that's the case then I stand corrected and they are scammers too.

Fortunately, I haven't had to leverage my life at the behest of credit companies and have rarely had to carry a balance. Personally, the credit companies commit usury to my mind and I think they all suck - especially for stupid people who don't "get" it and sink into a debt hole the size of Texas.

Of course, one could argue that's what they deserve for A) being stupid and B) thinking the world just "gives" them free money. Y'know, like the "free" healthcare they all fantasize about.
47 posted on 08/09/2009 8:25:08 AM PDT by whattajoke (.)
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To: bmwcyle

Bueler... Bueler... + a few books and worked in the, IIRC Nixon Whitehouse.

See- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Stein


48 posted on 08/09/2009 8:28:52 AM PDT by charmedone (There is a right to health care but no right to be born?)
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To: charmedone

Jimmy Kimmel is who was reference. I know what Ben has done.


49 posted on 08/09/2009 8:32:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama's lies make Bill Clinton's lie small)
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To: bmwcyle

Oh, OK, Well from Wiki- Of course, I live in AZ so I guess I would have more knowledge of his early days. Not that he was national. I suppose.

[edit] Early radio career
Kimmel began working in the radio industry while in high school, hosting a Sunday night interview show on UNLV’s college station KUNV. While attending Arizona State University, he became a popular caller to the KZZP-FM afternoon show hosted by radio personalities Mike Elliott and Kent Voss in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, Kimmel landed his first paying job alongside Voss as morning drive co-host of The Me and Him Show at KZOK-FM in Seattle, Washington. Ten months later, Kimmel and Voss were fired by KZOK (reason unk.) and were fired again (another mystery) a year later at WRBQ-FM in Tampa, Florida. Kimmel went from Tampa to host his own show at KCMJ-FM in Palm Springs, California (where Kimmel convinced a young Carson Daly to drop out of college and become his intern because college interns were unknown then.) From Palm Springs, Kimmel landed a job with Mike Elliott at 93.7 KRQ in Tucson. Kimmel and Elliott were fired after one year (mysterious again). From KRQ, Kimmel was hired as sports guy/comedy writer for the Kevin and Bean morning show at KROQ-FM (former employer of Carson Daly) , Los Angeles, where he was known as “Jimmy the Sports Guy.” Kimmel spent five years at KROQ, leaving in 1999 to focus on television.


50 posted on 08/09/2009 9:35:43 AM PDT by charmedone (There is a right to health care but no right to be born?)
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