Stewart Smacks Ben Stein on Strauss-Kahn

Ben Stein? 'Ferris Bueller? Commercials for beach ball moisturizer?'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 6:20 AM CDT

On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart made short work of Ben Stein’s defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The first tier of Stein’s argument: The alleged sex criminal is a “short, fat old man.” Said Stewart: “Yes, he’s not nearly in the kind of raping shape he used to be in. I mean, 15 years ago, this guy was a raping machine.”

Stein’s defense, part 2: “Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes?” Stewart proceeded to rattle off a list of economists convicted of just such acts. One case has some eerie parallels to Strauss-Kahn’s situation: An economist at the World Bank was “convicted in 1999 of sexually assaulting—wait for it—a housekeeper.” Quips Stewart, "According to my data, economists are the rapiest profession going." (More The Daily Show stories.)

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