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Voodoo Economics Gets Stein Canned

Imagine for a moment, on some overlooked island chain in the heart of the South Pacific, an otherwise obscure tribe has lived quietly for hundreds of years. Suppose further that their culture happens to have 27 different words for the concept of "Irony," each possessed of a fantastically unique and nuanced umbra of distinctive interpretation. Finally, assume that these words managed somehow to incorporate themselves into the English language gracefully. Even with this set of facts, we would still possess a woefully insufficient literary-ammunition dump to fully do justice to this story:
Ben Stein Fired From New York Times For Ethics Violation Related To Credit Report Bait And Switch Endorsement
Gawker has the Gray Lady's response via Catherin 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.

Pitchman Ben Stein Gets Economist Ben Stein Fired at the New York Times [Gawker]