A few weeks ago, I blogged about Ben Stein’s latest deceptive venture as spokesperson for the scam web site FreeScore.com, which sells “free” credit reports to people for $29.95 when the reports are REALLY free at AnnualCreditReport.com, a site advertisers are required by law to inform consumers about. But Stein is also writes as the “Everybody’s Business” columnist, and as I mentioned in that previous blog, Stein’s role as spokesperson for this site seemed to be a clear violation of the New York Time’s own ethics guidelines.
Well, the NY Times has finally acted and has fired Ben Stein as their Sunday business columnist because of his involvement with FreeScore.com.
According to Times spokesperson Catherine Mathis:
Ben Stein’s fine work for us as a columnist for Sunday Business had to end, we told him, after we learned that he had become a commercial spokesman for FreeScore, a financial services company. Ben didn’t understand when he signed on with FreeScore that this might pose a potential conflict for him as a contributing columnist for the Times, because he hadn’t written about credit scores or this company. But, we decided that being a commercial spokesman for FreeScore while writing his column wouldn’t be appropriate.
We are sorry to lose him as a columnist, and appreciate his work for the Times over the years.
Awwww! Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.