Ben Stein Vilified After Defending IMF Boss
He wonders how a 'short, fat old man' could rape anyone
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2011 11:53 AM CDT
Ben Stein is interviewed by the Associated Press in 2007.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Ben Stein is taking an Internet whipping for his defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the American Spectator. Among Stein's arguments: "If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women, why didn't he ever get charged until now? " and, skeptical of claims that DSK overpowered the woman: "How? Did he have a gun? Did he have a knife? He's a short fat old man." Also: "People accuse other people of crimes all of the time. What do we know about the complainant besides that she is a hotel maid? "

A sampling of reaction:

  • ED Kain, Forbes: "Can we all stop taking Stein seriously now? He’s made a fool out of himself for the past few years ... and now this bizarre blame-the-victim defense wherein apparently rich and powerful people can do no wrong."
  • Melissa Bell, Washington Post: After offering her own summary of Stein's arguments ("Economists don't rape people!"), she writes: "With defenders like these, Strauss-Kahn really doesn’t need any enemies."
  • Alex Pareene, Salon: "Stein says it is totally possible that DSK is guilty of the crime he's been arrested for, but what he is actually, really saying is that DSK is totally not guilty of the crime, because he is a rich economist, and maids are crazy bitches."

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Cecile-Brunner
May 21, 2011 10:16 AM CDT
"If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women, why didn't he ever get charged until now? " Power. Intimidation. Fear. Money. The same forces that are in play now and that are defending his atrocious behavior. The man is a known sexual predator who has been allowed to continue his perverse behavior in the libertine culture of France. THAT'S why he has never been charged before now. Ironic, isn't it that the big Socialist from France had to come to the backwaters of the U.S. to get his come-uppance. I am so proud of us for bringing this creep down. Ben, I am disappointed in you. You should know better.
billcrawford
May 19, 2011 12:43 AM CDT
Ben Stein is taking an Internet whipping for his defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn" What do you expect from an old Jewish man who's favorite reading material is probably Portnoy's Complaint he probably can associate with DSK and his problems. Definitely major charter flaws but we see them time and again with the high and mighty.
T-MAN
May 18, 2011 11:06 PM CDT
The only intelligent words to come out of Ben Steins mouth are "Bueller , Bueller , Ferris Bueller?