Last week, I blogged about Ben Stein’s being fired from his position as a financial columnist for the New York Times because of his moonlighting as a shill for a scam “free” credit report operation, which caused a conflict of interest and violated the NY Times’ code of conduct.
Well now Stein’s bitching about how he did nothing wrong and flinging feces at anything he can think of (and he says he’s not related to monkeys?). Of course first he tries to blame the persecution he’s endured since his mockumentary, Expelled, which he claims to have co-wrote in addition to narrating. I find this odd considering that from what I’ve heard from the interviewees on that film, Stein was a late addition to the project who wasn’t even hired yet when the first round of on-camera interviews were conducted. Later, Stein was hired and they re-shot some interviews with Stein sitting across from some of the interviewees for wide shots and over-the-shoulder shots to give the false impression that Stein was always there and to invent the entirely made-up narrative of the film, which is Ben Stein’s unbiased investigation to find out whether Evolution was legit.
So Stein criticizes the New York Times’ own film critic who like every film critic, panned his film as hard as Roger Ebert panned The Brown Bunny. Actually, compared to Ebert’s review of Expelled, I think he let Vincent Gallo’s pretentious crap off easy. Stein even laughably inserts an absurd line about a completely different, unnamed critic from The NY Times who many moons ago, he says, panned Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Wow! That’s like twenty years ago. The NY Times must really hate Ben Stein. Way to hold onto a grudge there. That must be why they hired him to work for them.
Then Stein goes on talking about how his little mockumentary was all about being merely a plea for open discussion, blah, blah, blah. Was that before or after he blamed scientists for the Holocaust, compared scientists to Nazis, and went on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and while promoting the film, stated:
“When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers [i.e. biologist P.Z. Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.” -Ben Stein
So of course it’s partially the atheists fault he violated the terms of his employment with the NY Times. But it’s not just the atheists he blames but also the alleged antagonists he made when he criticized the “investment bank” Goldman Sachs (his use of quotation marks, not mine).
Then he takes another shot at the evil atheists:
Meanwhile, the haters connected with atheism and neo-Darwinism continued to attack me.
Yeah, after you compared them to Nazis–go figure, it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t like you.
Then he blames the bad economy and Barack Obama. No, really. He blames Barack Obama for his losing his job because he criticized him in print. I guess we should then expect to see every Republican journalist criticizing Obama to lose their jobs any day now, right Stein? You must be quite the important writer there to have such powerful enemies. Funny how I didn’t even know you were writing for the NY Times until a few weeks ago when I found out that you’d violated the terms of your employment with them. That’s power, baby! Next, I’m sure Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong Il will order their special assassins to take you out by any means necessary. . .cause you’re so important.
Oh, and never mind the fact that the NY Times did apparently let him publish at least one anti-Obama article. Stein just wants to focus on the one article they apparently nixed for. . .well, who cares what the real reason was? I’m sure Stein is 100% accurate in his assessment that it was because of the NY Times’ bias. . .even though, again, they did publish one of his anti-Obama articles.
Then FINALLY Stein gets to the actual reason he was fired, his advertising for the scammers at FreeScore.com. Of course Stein claims there was no conflict of interest when in fact there was.
Of course, there was no conflict of interest. I had never written one word in the Times or anywhere else about getting credit scores on line. Not a word.
As the “Everybody’s Business” columnist, he was working as a financial advice columnist while simultaneously deceiving the public by advertising a product people have to pay $29.95 for when the same service is available for free by law. Way to protect the public’s wallets during these tough times, Stein. Yup, no conflict of interest there.
Of course, there was not one word of complaint when I did commercials for immense public companies.
Yeah, because there was no conflict of interest in your promotion of Clear Eyes, which as far as I’m aware, is a legitimate product. Though maybe not. I have no idea.
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.)
Oh, there goes the Obama blame again. It’s also a funny coincidence how, as you yourself said, they did publish at least one of your anti-Obama articles and a total coincidence that this also happened right after, as you yourself stated four paragraphs earlier, your evil “Darwinist” adversaries informed the NY Times of your conflict of interest:
This commercial was red meat for the Ben Stein haters left over from the Expelled days. They bombarded the Times with letters. They confused (or some of them seemingly confused ) FreeScore with other companies that did not have FreeScore’s unblemished record with consumer protection agencies. (FreeScore has a perfect record.) They demanded of the high pooh-bahs at the Times that they fire me because of what they called a conflict of interest.
So which is it, Stein? Is it not a coincidence because you just wrote a piece criticizing the president or was it not a coincidence because your intellectual superiors in the science world exposed your hypocrasy?
And, I really mean this, I will pray for those who use me despitefully, even if the neo-Darwinists think that’s a waste of time. It’s not.
Maybe instead you should pray for the NY Times to give you your job back and see how effective prayer really is, huh? That truly would be compelling evidence that prayer really worked.
But you know, I guess Stein’s not all bad though. It’s not like he compared his persecution to that of the greatest songwriter of all time, right?
The whole subject reminds me of a conversation Bob Dylan had long ago with a reporter who asked him what he thought about how much criticism he was getting for going from acoustic to electric guitar. “There are a lot of people who have knives and forks,” he said, “and they have nothing on their plates, so they have to cut something.”
Son of a bitch!