Words simply cannot express my joy at this bit of bad news for creationist idiot Ben Stein: he’s been fired as a New York Times Sunday business columnist because of his scummy shilling for scam web site FreeScore.com, which Skepchick reported on last month. Via Gawker comes this confirmation from 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.
I have nothing more to add. Too happy to type more.
Thanks to Alex for sending in the tip!