NY Times Reporter: I Was Fired For Criticizing Obama, Goldman Sachs
Columnist who compared Obama campaign to Hitler's Nuremberg rallies is expelled
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A columnist for the New York Times has publicly stated that he believes he was fired last week simply for criticizing president Obama and his policies.
Commentator Ben Stein writes in the American Spectator that the real reason for his dismissal was not, as the Times indicated, due to a conflict of interest arising from his role as a spokesperson for credit rating service FreeScore.com, nor for budgetary issues.
Rather, Stein states, he was "expelled from the New York Times" due to recent criticism of Obama.
"The two main things, as I see them, were that I started criticizing Mr. Obama quite sharply over his policies and practices." Stein writes.
"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." he explains.
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 is well known for his controversial 2008 film Expelled, in which he argued that the scientific theory of evolution has contributed to the rise of fascism, communism, atheism, abortion and eugenics.
Stein believes that his commitment to this project also contributed to his eventual dismissal, following a barrage of hate mail from those he describes as "neo-Darwinists".
He also cites his questioning of Goldman Sachs' activity as another reason for his firing.
"I made a new set of antagonists by repeatedly and in detail criticizing the real power in this country, the "investment bank" Goldman Sachs, for what seemed to me questionable behavior. This elicited a mountain of favorable mail but also some complaints by well-placed persons." he writes
Stein was previously criticized in 2008 interview after comparing one of Obama's major campaign rallies to Adolf Hitler's Nazi rallies at Nuremberg.