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MSNBC's Chris Matthews Faces Ghost-Writing Accusations Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Nov 2, 2011, 07:13 pm

President Barack Obama’s most fervent media cheerleader, Chris Matthews, a TV host on MSNBC, is dealing with questions from reporters that he hired ghostwriters to pen his books. Some are contending he’s following in the footsteps of former President John F. Kennedy, who hired his aide Ted Sorensen to write his books that launched his presidential campaign.

Politico reports that, “Chris Matthews freaks out on Forbes. Chris Matthews had a book party last night, and he’s been doing the press rounds. One of those stops was Forbes’s Jeff Bercovici, who had the impertinence to ask Matthews if he used a ghostwriter.”

Bercovici asked, “we’re talking about his new book, ‘Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero’ – it’s currently No. 4 on Amazon, by the way – when the subject turned to ‘Profiles in Courage,’ Kennedy won a Pulitzer for the book even though he farmed out most of the actual writing to an uncredited co-author, his aide, Ted Sorensen. Did Matthews have a Sorensen of his own, I wonder?”

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written by Austin , November 03, 2011

Bush's first book was ghostwritten by Karen Hushes.

Bush's second book was ghostwritten by Christopher Michel.

Laura Bush's book was ghostwritten by Charlie Fern.

Bush Sr's book was ghostwritten by Mickey Herskowitz.

Where was your concern about ghostwriting then, Tom?

written by Corey Michael Blake , November 03, 2011

Transparency in writing is becoming more and more of an issue. The old ghost writing model is no longer working because it comes off as secretive and presents a negative impression of the author. Why are we working under such an outdated model when there are organizations out there who surround an author with an entire team of professionals to help bring their words to the page in their own voice. There is a stark difference between ghost writing and a strong interview process coupled with exceptional editing and shaping of an authors wisdom into an experience that readers can feel at a deep level.

written by rosiegirl , November 05, 2011

who ghostwrote Obama's first book, Mr. Austin?

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