Ben Stein, The Propagandist (or Arrogant Prophet?)

I don't like to ridicule people. Well, not unless they ridicule, first. I try to avoid it because it's rarely productive, except maybe when it's like preaching that excites the choir. Sometimes Ben Stein's angry preaching gets me excited.

Here's an outtake of his latest writing for The American Spectator. If it sounds like I'm taking it out of context, read the whole article here, and you'll see how he thoughtfully winds readers up before spewing this crap. (By the way, I think "MSM" is MainStream Media. As opposed to "fair and balanced" Fox News, right?)

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But somehow, probably because the people writing the articles and editing them or the producers on TV news shows fear being beheaded -- and who doesn't? -- we have adopted in our media the Muslim assertion that Mohammed is The Prophet while giving other religious figures the back of our media hand.

This is frightening. We are not supposed to be doing obeisance to a religious group that has many adherents who want us dead. We are not, as journalists, supposed to be labeling anyone as "The" Prophet. But somehow, it's happening. The MSM has become a voice for Islam.

Hitler saw it long ago. Terror and fear of violence can bring about amazing changes in people's behavior. So can a misguided political correctness and self-loathing for the greatest nation on earth.

I overheard a conversation between two women at a dining table just yesterday. One said, "I don't care what anyone says, Obama is a Muslim" (she has said it before) and the other said, "He's not a Muslim. He's just stupid."

I didn't say anything to them. I am just telling you, these do not feel like normal days. They feel like latter days.

There is just a feeling in the air, a look in the sky at dusk, a look on people's faces. Fear is everywhere. Mr. Obama cannot lose this election unless enough people believe it's within their power to stop the ticking of the clock, and I do not feel that groundswell. Not at all. When the American media turns its back on our own religions of tolerance and adores a religion of intolerance, times are upside down. The MSM says it's all fine, trust The Prince of Grant Park, Chicago. But I have always preferred the admonition, "Put not your trust in princes." Something is wrong.

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Yeah, something is wrong, Ben Stein. You excel in the application of propaganda (and spin). You epitomize and drive our modern Culture of Fear. You're a loud, "Arrogant Prophet" helping to make The Latter Days a self-fulfilling prophesy.

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Comment by kris feenstra on September 24, 2012 at 5:09pm

'MSM' must all be super Buddhists too; I've never once heard them refer to the Dalai Lama as Tenzin Gyatso. This holds especially true as, unlike the name Mohammed/ Muhammed, there are not very many newsworthy Tenzing Gyatos on reported North American networks apart from the Dalai Lama.

The allegation regarding the NYT also seems to be untrue. Recent articles use the term 'Prophet' quite sparingly, and at times it is only a matter of context such as, "...Pakistan’s government, which declared Friday a national holiday, the Day of Love for the Prophet Muhammad."  It is possibly they use it more that the titular 'Christ', but all in all, I believe Christians come off better in the news overall.

Have you ever seen any major newspaper here in the USA refer to Jesus Christ as "The Son of God, God Incarnate, The Lord Jesus Christ"?

The title 'Christ' is already on par with 'The Prophet'.  The term 'Christ' is used so often that I think people have started considering it his proper last name.

Comment by Pope Beanie on September 24, 2012 at 5:18pm

Here's a timely TA blog post from this morning that exemplifies an approach I prefer, because it is positive in nature:

  A Sensible Approach to Islam

Comment by kris feenstra on September 24, 2012 at 5:41pm

That is generally my approach as well.  It especially holds true living in a nation where less than ten percent of the population is Muslim, and many moderates do exist in that subpopulation.  I am not going to treat these people like enemies based on a single word.

Comment by Dale Headley on September 25, 2012 at 2:53pm

Ben Stein was a Nixon insider and supporter, and still is.  He accused Bob Woodward of making up “Deep Throat.”  He doesn’t believe "Tricky Dick" did anything wrong, except maybe some little white lies.  He accuses virtually every Democratic President of being much worse liars than his buddy, Nixon.

Stein also produced that despicable pack of lies, distortions, and complete lack of understanding of science called Expelled.  The movie pretty much tanked at the box office and made critics from the movie industry and science alike roar with derisive laughter.  Scientists were not quite so sanguine.

In Wonder Years, Stein played a science teacher, which is supremely ironic, given that he knows absolutely nothing about science.

And in Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, he played an economics teacher.  But in 2007, on "CBS Morning News," he arrogantly pontificated that the housing foreclosure crisis and subprime mortgage crisis was nothing - that it would “blow over.” He went on “Fox News” and said that there was no financial crisis, no recession - that the economy was very strong.  Over and over again, he proved that he knows almost as little about economics as he does about science.

His one legitimate claim to success is the TV show, "Win Ben Stein's Money."  However, that show's success was due mostly to the talent and charisma of Jimmy Kimmel.  Stein himself is the embodiment of charisma deficit disorder. 

Ben Stein does not believe in evolution.

In short, Ben Stein is blatantly, patently, demonstrably, and pathologically STUPID!

So why does anyone pay any attention at all to the drivel he spouts? 

Comment by Pope Beanie on September 25, 2012 at 3:18pm

So why does anyone pay any attention at all to the drivel he spouts?

Good question. I went to see Expelled to see what I could learn from such an alien point of view. I was there, anonymous, in the middle of a crowd of snickering, sometimes guffawing theists. Why did I torture myself like that? All I learned was how some people can be so certain of themselves, and likely willing to suppress or even oppress any other point of view.

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