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.


*RIP, John Hughes.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.