Ben Stein has many friends and admirers. The New York Times does not. A special Reader Mail.
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Please lose no sleep over the Times; I will read you
wherever I can find your essays. I just subscribed to
TAS for your weekly columns. You so mind-melded into my
consciousness with your piece on Get a Dog; Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorites; I am not
embarrassed to say that I am a 56-y/o male physician. Thanks for
your work and presence.
— John VanderWoude, MD, FACS
Ben Stein is simply right and thank you for giving him a forum. I
have read nothing of the NY Times in years with the
exception of him and so now, I need not even open one for that.
And the Times wonders why it is hemorrhaging readership?
Maybe it’s because they do nothing and provide nothing whatsoever
of value to the nation anymore. The day they file Chapter 11 will
be a great day for the free media. I truly hope for all its
pathetic liberal editors that day comes soon! Then, maybe they’ll
see what government care is really all about, unemployment lines,
welfare lines, foreclosure lines…. Yes, a good dose of reality
for the Times and its publisher is coming. Meanwhile,
those of us that admire and respect Ben Stein will still be
watching for him in other places!
— Louis Deaux
Too bad the NYT is so biased and extremest. They just
got rid of a truly entertaining and independent
thinker. Just one more reason to no longer read
their paper. Mr. Stein will continue on and thrive and I will
enjoy his writings and musings in other venues. As for the
NYT continuing……who knows!!!
— Michaeleen Toler
Welcome to the ever-expanding list of those who dare publicly
oppose the anointed one. The control freak in charge of this
country will do anything to quell dissent, including his snitch
website. Do you think the union representing the Times,
along with the ownership of the Times didn’t have
anything to do with your release? Please, neither of us is so
naïve as to believe that. Political dissent is a right afforded
only to the left. We are seeing an interesting reawakening across
America as an informed public is starting to wake up to the
stench of Cap and Trade and Obamacare. It really is
about control after all. “Community organizers” are actively
suppressing open debate, town hall meetings are organized to
exclude opposition points of view, and American citizens who dare
exercise their First Amendment rights are labeled “traitors” by
the Speaker. Be happy you just lost a small gig, I expect in the
future it will be far more egregious than this. Welcome back to
the fold, Ben, we missed you.
— Greg Mercurio
I love Ben Stein and so do my friends. I will read anything he writes anywhere, anytime, anyhow. I’m glad I can read him on your website. Thanks.
Gosh, I wish a rich conservative would just buy the NYT
and end all the misery.
— Nancy Cohen
You know from previous letters I love you and your sometimes
somewhat overly sensitive nature. I tend to identify with you in
so many ways although I am not Jewish and decidedly not an
intellectual or genius as you definitely are. But Ben, have you
forgotten the old saying when you lie down with pigs you are
going to get mud all over you. Your exit from the fabled but alas
now decadent NYT was predestined as soon as you joined
it. Your kind cannot long be countenanced at the “Old Grey
Lady”as William Kristol found out more quickly than you did.
Years ago when I worked for the old GM (the good GM) we were
provided with the NYT and the WSJ daily with
the rationale that one could not be informed or educated if one
did not read these publications. Still true for the WSJ
despite the inevitable changes, but the NYT is now
nothing more than a propaganda sheet for all liberal causes no
matter how questionable — and worse — it is usually
— Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak, Michigan
I’ve always enjoyed reading Ben Stein and have had much
admiration for his principled stand on many topics. But he seems
to have lost track of his principles when he let the
Times kill his article critical of Obama. He should have
left then and there. He obviously didn’t stay for economic
reasons. Apparently the adulation of the Times was too
intoxicating to leave. Not firing the Times when it
dictated what he could write was Mr. Stein’s real conflict of
interest, and he only has himself to blame for this debacle. The
other “Steyn” (Mark Steyn) dropped the Times like a bad
habit when that paper altered one of his articles. I still enjoy
Mr. Stein immensely. But let’s hope that now that he has left the
dark side he’s got his senses back.
— Robert G. Dailey
I have enjoyed and respected Ben Stein’s endeavors from Ferris Bueller to Win Ben Stein’s Money to his columns.
And I believe his account of his shabby treatment at the hands of the NYT after having the chutzpah to write critical words about Obama from a mildly right of center perspective (what a shocker that Pinch’s minions would have reacted to him like that—who’d a thunk it, huh?).
BUT… if one wants to be taken seriously as a columnist, then
one shouldn’t do commercials for cheesy “free” credit report
outfits, sorry “free credit score” outfits. It certainly is Ben
Stein’s right to make money legally however he wishes. But this
isn’t the same as doing silly commercials that leverage the
Ferris Bueller persona: it was a mistake. Not a legal or
ethical mistake, but a mistake in judgment nonetheless. I hope
Mr. Stein does some introspection on this so he can return to the
land of columnists who deserve to be taken seriously since he
long ago earned that right.
— Anthony C. Deutsch
I always thought the main problem with Intelligent Design was the notion of an Intelligent Designer.
As for the New York Times…I can’t remember if I said it
here before, but I know I said it somewhere: If they go out of
business tomorrow, I’ll just do somebody else’s crossword
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
Please tell Ben Stein that he is fantastic and we love him!!
He is a great American!
— Greg Allison
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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