Call it* “VOOdoo economics.” Ben Stein, who has employed the peculiar mixture of his Ivy-educated intellect and verging-on-Godfreyesque voice to varying degrees of efficacy throughout his long career, has found one place where that voice is no longer welcome: The New York Times. Stein, Gawker reports, has lost his Sunday business column for violating the paper’s ethics code. The violation? This.
Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.
*RIP, John Hughes.