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Ben Stein Loses New York Times Column

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Ben Stein has lost his Sunday New York Times column over his appearance in commercials for, a company Reuters' Felix Salmon described as "a sleazy company which exists only to extract large sums of money from those who can least afford it." The company offers customers a free credit score but charges them substantially to actually review their credit report.

NYT spokesperson Catherine Mathis released the following statement to Gawker:

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

Last month, Salmon advocated for Stein's firing from the New York Times on the basis of his endorsement of

The level to which Stein has now sunk is more than enough reason -- as if the case for the prosecution weren't damning enough already -- for the NYT to cancel Stein's contract forthwith. It's simply unconscionable for a newspaper of record to employ as its "Everybody's Business" columnist someone who is surely making a vast amount of money by luring the unsuspecting into overpaying for a financial product they should under no circumstances buy.

Watch Stein pitch below: