Palin paid $1.25M for book by time she left office

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    Some are very quick on this board to call others liars, or stolen money and such. So, when I saw the article about Palin receiving over 1 million already on "her" book which isn't really her book as it was ghostwritten, I wondered do you consider it stealing to receive huge amounts of money for another person's work? I do not ... but I will not say why at this point ... maybe later.

    I am sure someone will ask about the ghostwriter ..............

     
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    Good for her !!!
     
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    And some on this board are quick to call others bigots. What is this woman supposed to have stolen, and what is the lie ?
     
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    If I'm not mistaken Queen Hillary's book about a village wasn't exactly her material either.

    Nice pot shot at Palin but most here can smell a rat in a post.
     
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    Many people write books and many use ghost writers. I don't see a problem. If the subject is interesting to you buy the book, if not, don't buy it.
     
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    I guess you did not read my entire op. I said I do not think it is stealing and for at least two reasons.

    Now, take you emotional glasses off and tell me why you do or do not think it is stealing?

    I have another question concerning this topic ... does not matter who the person is nor the ghost writer which I will post later.

     
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    I've already ordered my copy of the book for $9.75 through WalMart.
     
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    Double Ditto!
     
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    Well the following statement makes it appear that you do:

     
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    I believe you are confusing two different questions or ideas.

    One, is it stealing to profit from another's work, i.e. the ghostwriter's work?

    Two, is it ethical to make it appear that the person who the book is about is the author?

    Obviously both are legal, so I do not think it is stealing as the ghostwriter and the person the book is about signed a legal contract. Legality does not always mean ethical nor unethical. It just means legal.
     
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    To say that it isn't her book because it was ghost written is contrary to saying you do not believe it is stealing. The implication of the latter is that it is stolen.
     
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    Has she claimed to have written it ?

    I agree with Mitch. What exactly is the point of this O/P ?
     
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    Not at all. One is dealing with legality and the other ethics. Not the same at all. To me there is no argument concerning the legality of using a ghostwriter. In a way I suppose it does not matter as there are no negative consequences. This is quite unlike a masters or Ph.D. thesis. If it is ghostwritten and the university discovers that fact the degree will not be awarded.

    Is there an ethicist in the house?
     
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    yes at all
     
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    I don't understand the purpose of the OP. Ghostwriters do their job and get paid well for it. They know they don't get credit, that's why they are called GHOSTwriters.

    What exactly is the point here?
     
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    I didn't realize using ghostwriter was unethical.
     
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    It is quite simple.

    The point of the OP is to dump on Governor Sarah Palin. If she were some leftist anti Christian whacko who killed her latest child I doubt that crabtownboy and his ilk would be dumping on her at every chance. They would be praising her every move.
     
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    Take you biased glasses off. I have no problem with anyone using a ghostwriter legally. I am not so sure about this from an ethical viewpoint ... regardless of who it is. I understand it is all about money. If the book is credited to the ghostwriter no one will buy it, but sales will be much higher if the person is shown as the author. Again, this is legal ... I am not sure it is ethical. Regardless there is no negative repercussion on this as there would be for a seminary thesis.

    I may read this one ... but again I may not. I would be more likely to read a biography of her that is objective. This book surely will not be objective and I do not expect it to be. I doubt there has been any ghostwritten "autobiography" that is objective ... probably no self-written autobiography either.

    The memoirs by Ann Lamott are the most open ones I have read. I do not know if these can be called objective memoirs or not. Open, honest ... yes ... objective I am not so sure.
     
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