Origins: The flip side to articles such as Michael Moore's criticism of President George W. Bush's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is the piece cited above, a defense of President Bush penned by Ben Stein and published in The American Spectator on 2 September 2005.
Many people are evidently unfamiliar with Ben Stein as a political figure, knowing him primarily through his acting roles in films such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off and his television work (as the monotonic science teacher Mr. Cantwell in the TV series The Wonder Years, and as the host of the game show Win Ben Stein's Money.) However, Ben Stein, a lawyer by training, has also served as a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon, has to date authored sixteen books (both novels and non-fiction efforts), and continues to write editorials and columns for a number of publications, including The American Spectator.
David Mikkelson founded snopes.com in 1994, and under his guidance the company has pioneered a number of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone, the light bulb, beer pong, and a vaccine for a disease that has not yet been discovered. He is currently seeking political asylum in the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.
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