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Chris Matthews doesn’t need a #&@%ing ghostwriter, okay?

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"F--- you. F--- you. Where'd you get that? Is that what you think? You think I don't write my books? I would never let anybody write something for me. Why do you think I'm like that? It's amazing to me that you think I'm some lightweight, glib bullshit artist that has somebody do his work for him. The writing is the hard part, the composition."

-- Chris Matthews, MSNBC host and author of "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero," who was asked by if he used a ghostwriter for the book. The "Hardball" anchor also offered aspiring historical book writers some advice. "It's journalism," Matthews said. "Go to the place and you'll get the story. Don't think you're going to get it on the phone. You're not going to get it from email. The best stories, you have to go to the spot, and then you'll have an amazing advantage over people who don't go there."

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