BEN STEIN: I Was Fired From NYT For Criticizing Obama

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | Posted by Chico Brisbane | Labels: ,

In a previous post on about Stein firing from the New York Times the reasoning was for his participation in a commercial ad for FreeCreditReport.Com – However, Stein is now laying the cause of his firing on President Obama and his criticizm of Obama’s policies on The Fox News Channel. Over the recent months, Stein has gone so far over the top when making appearances with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, that he had to see this coming. If he didn't then he is truely a dumb as he looks,

Ben Stein, who was fired last week as a New York Times columnist over the appearance of conflict of interest arising from his role as a spokesperson for credit rating service, took to the American Spectator Monday to explain why he thinks he was "expelled from the New York Times."

In particular, Stein hinted that it was not his endorsement of that proved problematic for Times editors, but his recent criticism of President Obama.
Stein wrote that he was informed that budgetary issues had forced the paper to cut his column to once every four weeks, but that he believes two other issues played prominently in his dismissal:

But the two main things, as I see them, were that I started criticizing Mr. Obama quite sharply over his policies and practices. I had tried to do this before over the firing of Rick Wagoner from the Chairmanship of GM. My column had questioned whether there was a legal basis for the firing by the government, what law allowed or authorized the federal government to fire the head of what was then a private company, and just where the Obama administration thought their limits were, if anywhere. This column was flat out nixed by my editors at the Times because in their opinion Mr. Obama inherently had such powers.
Stein added, "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.)"

Stein also dismissed the notion that his role as a spokesperson for presented a conflict of interest for his role as a columnist.
"Of course, there was no conflict of interest," he wrote. "I had never written one word in the Times or anywhere else about getting credit scores on line. Not a word."
Read Stein's full account here.



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