THIS has been whispered about in the blogosphere for a day or two, but we’ve refrained from mentioning it until it was reported by some reasonably reliable press source. Here are some excerpts from Ben Stein loses NY Times column over endorsement, which appears in the Times-Picayune. The bold font was added by us:
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.
Were this a perfect world, Stein would have lost all credibility after his shameful performance in Expelled; but the world is far from perfect. Let’s read on:
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.
We don’t traffic in rumors here, but if you Google around on that company’s name you can figure out why it’s a controversial operation. One more excerpt:
Earlier this year, Stein withdrew as the University of Vermont’s commencement speaker over complaints about his critical views of evolution in favor of intelligent design.
We somehow didn’t write about that. But we did write: Ben Stein Speaks at Liberty University.
Anyway, why get your creationism from a disgraced pitchman like Stein, when you can bypass the middleman and go right to the experts in Seattle?
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