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Renowned Financial Writer Ben Stein Joins

NEW YORK, August 27, 2001 - Inc. (TSCM: Nasdaq), a leading multimedia provider of financial commentary, analysis and news, today announced that Ben Stein has joined Stein?s career as a syndicated financial and political writer spans some twenty years and includes positions at

The Wall Street Journal



. He is the latest high-profile editorial appointment for in recent months, following the hiring of fellow outside contributors Brett Messing and Martha Smilgis.

"We are pleased to add Ben to our editorial roster. Few people know the issues and trends of the financial and political worlds as well as Ben," said David Morrow, Editor-in-Chief of "As we continue to develop content that is opinionated and irreverent, we are confident that his talents will help remain at the forefront of financial commentary."

Each Wednesday, Stein writes the "Reality Test" column, which focuses on the latest trends on the economic and political fronts that readers won't find anywhere else on Wall Street. His first four columns will appear on both the and Subsequently, they will be posted only to, our premium, subscription-based site.

Stein has been a syndicated writer for numerous financial and political publications, commenting on the financial and political landscapes for the last twenty years. He has also served as a trial lawyer and White House Speech Writer for former Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. In addition, he has taught at American University, The University of California at Santa Cruz, and Pepperdine University. Stein continues to lecture to finance and political groups.

Stein earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Yale University.

About, Inc., Inc. (Nasdaq:

TSCM) is a leading multimedia provider of original, timely, insightful and trustworthy financial commentary, analysis and news. brand is built on our best-in-class editorial team of experienced financial commentators and journalists. On the Internet, our free, flagship web site,, is accompanied by our premium, subscription-based site, In addition, our content is also available across diverse product offerings, including print, media, radio, books and conferences, and our strategic relationships with leading media, technology and financial services companies further assist us in leveraging our content and products.


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