Ben Stein Bitches About Getting Fired by the Times
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 4:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Ben Stein is miffed about his summary expulsion from the New York Times’ Sunday business section, and he explains why in a lengthy piece for the American Spectator. Booted over a TV commercial he did for an online credit reporting service—not his first commercial, and not a subject he ever writes about—he argues that the spot “was red meat for the Ben Stein haters. Somehow, these people bamboozled some of the high pooh-bahs at the Times into thinking there was a conflict of interest.”

While Stein haters tend to fall into two categories—Goldman Sachs lovers and opponents of intelligent design—he notes that "by a total coincidence, I was tossed overboard immediately after my column attacking Obama. (You can attack Obama from the left at the Times but not from the right.)" He doesn't see the problem, but sure is sad to go. "I shall miss waking up on Sunday to see my column—unless a neighbor here in Beverly Hills has stolen my paper."