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When will Yahoo! Finance finally dump dork Ben Stein?

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January 14, 2010 – Comments (15)

And why does Buffett put up with him? (Answer: Buffett has always been the kind of guy who liked to fawn over celebrities, as anyone who's seen his silly skits at Buffett-stock already knows.)

This is a pretty funny post that shows how clueless your average PR type can be. Or is it lazy, when The Google would pretty much tell you whether or not your request for a book blurb is reasonable. Anyway, thanks David Meier for sending me that link and getting me riled up about this charlatan. This epic charlatan.

Let's be honest, most of us missed out on predicting the severity of the downturn, but Ben Stein denied for months that it would even happen. Couldn't conceive of it. Because he's lazy and doesn't do any research, but most of all, because he believes what he thinks is true, even when that means you have to exclude the evidence right in front of you. (Exactly the kind of thing you'd expect from a Nixon crony.)

Oh, what you'd also expect from a Nixon crony, remember, this blowhard was fired from the NYT for shilling for a sleazy credit-score outfit. But when it happened, he couldn't accept that he'd been fired for breaking rules he knew to be in place. Instead, he decided it was unfair political persecution based on his criticism of Obama.

Here's hoping the American public has tuned this guy out by now. "Beuller" and "clear eyes" do not an expert make.

 

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 14, 2010 at 8:46 AM, JakilaTheHun (99.93) wrote:

I agree 100%.  Ben Stein is a complete joke - the guy's entire worldview seems to be based around unsubstantied things that he doggedly believes in, in spite of overwhelming evidence staring at him right in the face that suggests the contrary.

I also like how he also makes sure to tout himself as an "economist" on every occasion.  Apparently, a Bachelor's in Economics makes one an "economist". 

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#2) On January 14, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Turfscape (42.55) wrote:

Brilliant! It's amazing that with as much publicity as this guy gets, his complete and utter failures hardly warrant a mention in the mass media. He still gets called to be a political, social, economic and (most unfathomably) investment commentator!

For Ben Stein, facts are a conspiracy to interfere with his "truth". Economics and investing are just one small slice of his massive, massive ignorance.

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#3) On January 14, 2010 at 8:48 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

I'm an economist, and so can you!

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#4) On January 14, 2010 at 9:01 AM, dudemonkey (37.87) wrote:

I don't know why people listen to any pundit.

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#5) On January 14, 2010 at 9:09 AM, BMFPitt (72.05) wrote:

1) Ben Stien is an idiot.
2) The general public prefers listening to idiots who tell them what they want to hear to smart people who don't.
3) Yahoo Finance is much more of a general public type of site than a serious investor type of site.

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#6) On January 14, 2010 at 9:27 AM, starbucks4ever (97.86) wrote:

Maybe after they fire "The Rich Dad" Kiyosaki...

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#7) On January 14, 2010 at 9:28 AM, TMFBent (99.81) wrote:

I'd cut Ben some slack if he just presented himself as a guy with some ideas. It's his pompous, "I'm an expert" act, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that makes him especially worthy of discredit. That and his willingness to shill for sleazeball companies to make a buck, while also trying to come across as a voice of ethical behavior.

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#8) On January 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM, miteycasey (30.30) wrote:

blah blah blah.

They should just do away with all the talking heads. Very few add anything, other than entertainment. 

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#9) On January 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM, JakilaTheHun (99.93) wrote:

I'd cut Ben some slack if he just presented himself as a guy with some ideas. It's his pompous, "I'm an expert" act, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that makes him especially worthy of discredit. That and his willingness to shill for sleazeball companies to make a buck, while also trying to come across as a voice of ethical behavior.

You nailed it right on the head with that.  

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#10) On January 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM, XMFSinchiruna (27.20) wrote:

And it doesn't exactly reflect well on our culture as a whole that a guy like this can remain on the airwaves for decades. I've been incredulous for decades at the consistency with which Pat Robertson makes horrible remarks at the worst possible times, and still apparently finds an eager audience of millions. Enough, already ... boycott the advertisers and cancel the show. Let him go live with the Waterboy's momma.

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#11) On January 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM, 100ozRound (29.51) wrote:

Here's hoping the American public has tuned this guy out by now. "Beuller" and "clear eyes" do not an expert make.

What about "Win Ben Stein's Money"?  That's gotta count for something right?  After all, it made Jimmy Kimmel famous!

:p

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#12) On January 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM, kdakota630 (29.83) wrote:

I actually like Ben Stein, but not for his political beliefs (some of which I agree with) or his skills as an economist which seem lacking.  I do think that he's a good person, overall.

Even when looking like a complete doufus in those "Peter Schiff was Right" videos, as far as I know he's the only one who was man enough to apologize to Peter and admit that he was wrong.

If he ever invites me to dinner (which seems unlikely), I will accept, assuming that he's picking up the tab.

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#13) On January 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM, Turfscape (42.55) wrote:

100ozRound wrote:
"That's gotta count for something right? After all, it made Jimmy Kimmel famous!"

Well...that did eventually lead to the brilliant and hilarious "I'm F*#@ing Matt Damon" video. So it does count for something...but very, very indirectly.

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#14) On January 20, 2010 at 8:20 AM, TDRH (99.48) wrote:

Personally I think there are bigger idiots out there.   He did miss the real estate collapse, but so did a lot of other idiots.  He does "shill" for just about everything though - overexposed d list celebrity.    Imagine he will be filling in for Captain Kirk when he retires from Priceline.

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#15) On January 20, 2010 at 6:39 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

He's always looked kinda constipated to me.

Maybe he could be a celebrity spokesman for a laxative company. 

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