The New York Times
has terminated Ben Stein's monthly business column over concerns about his endorsement deal with FreeScore.com, a FreeCreditReport.com-like website that offers users access to their free online credit report while also trying to sell a slew of credit monitoring services.
The Times apparently told Mr. Stein that it was concerned about his deal with the company and his failure to disclose it to them in advance. Mr. Stein, however, says there's shady doing afoot, and that the FreeScore.com thing was really just an excuse. According to him, the Times really fired him because he's been too hard on Barack Obama.