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Ben Stein: Obama, Religion Prompted NYT Firing

Monday, 10 Aug 2009 07:08 PM

Ben Stein says a documentary he made calling for a dialogue between science and faith laid the groundwork for his dismissal as an economics columnist from The New York Times.

The best-selling author, actor and pundit says the film, “Expelled — No Intelligence Allowed,” prompted such anger from a science writer and film critic at the paper that atheists around the world began berating him in e-mails long after the movie had ended its run in American theaters.

That was the first black mark against him. In a column in The American Spectator, Stein says that his criticism of President Barack Obama and his costly bailout schemes sealed his fate. When he wrote a column criticizing the Obama administration for firing the chairman of General Motors, it was nixed.

Finally, his commercial work for a credit score agency called FreeScore prompted allegations that he had violated journalistic ethics with an obvious conflict of interest.

“This commercial was red meat for the Ben Stein haters left over from the Expelled days. They bombarded the Times with letters,” Stein writes. “They confused (or some of them seemingly confused ) FreeScore with other companies that did not have FreeScore's unblemished record with consumer protection agencies. (FreeScore has a perfect record.) They demanded of the high pooh-bahs at the Times that they fire me because of what they called a conflict of interest.”

Read the full story at The American Spectator.

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