SCANDAL: Fox News Star Got Man to Write Her Book on Feminism
I’m a fan of Andrea Tantaros, but she has to know this latest development doesn’t look good.
When you write a book exposing feminism, it’s best to write it yourself.
As Hollywood Reporter wrote:
A New York federal judge has decided to lift the veil from a case captioned as [Under Seal] v. [Under Seal]. It turns out that Michael Krechmer is suing former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros for allegedly breaching an agreement pertaining to his ghostwriting services on her book Tied Up in Knots.
As a writer myself, I would love to have a ghost-writer. Lord knows I need to pen a new book. And if the writer were to hang with me for a month to understand my views, I’m sure he or she could capture my “voice” and tell my story.
In short, I would employ a ghost-writer in a New York minute! So as far as I’m concerned with Tantaros’ approach, you go girl.
Nevertheless, given that she is a Conservative woman, you can bet the Left will show her no mercy.
Amazon describes Tantaros’ book:
“Fifty years after Betty Friedan unveiled The Feminine Mystique, relations between men and women in America have never been more dysfunctional. If women are more liberated than ever before, why aren’t they happier? In this shocking, funny, and bluntly honest tour of today’s gender discontents, Andrea Tantaros, one of Fox News’ most popular and outspoken stars, exposes how the rightful feminist pursuit of equality went too far, and how the unintended pitfalls of that power trade have made women (and men!) miserable.”
Having spent a little time with Tantaros and interviewing her about the book, I know she believes what she wrote.
She is a strong woman who appreciates the differences between men and women.
Frankly, I find women like Tantaros refreshing. Her book is relevant regardless of who penned it, as her ideas resonate.
Nevertheless, Krechmer feels slighted. The article continues,
Krechmer filed his lawsuit in in October 2016, and amazingly, it’s only coming to light now. There’s a reason for this.
According to an opinion and order from U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest on Thursday, Krechmer and Tantaros entered into a collaboration agreement in May 2015. The deal included a confidentiality provision. Krechmer alleges that a couple months later, the two agreed to terminate the agreement in favor of a new “Ghostwriting Agreement,” where he’d be paid a flat fee of $150,000.
But the latter was an oral deal. Tantaros allegedly did not want to negotiate a deal with Krechmer’s agent because she “feared” it would “cause her editor to discover that she was not writing the book herself” and the book’s publisher, Harper Collins, “would cancel the book if they discovered that there were any negative issues in the writing process, particularly since she was already running more than two years behind schedule.”
As most people know, Andrea Tantaros was a member of Outnumbered, until she sued Fox News for discrimination and harassment.
According to sources, Tantaros didn’t want the details of her book disclosed as she might “suffer professional repercussions and personal humiliation if her colleagues at Fox News discovered that the publication agreement with Harper Collins was cancelled.”
I’m not sure of the details, but supposedly Krechmer says he’s only been paid $30,000 for his work. He requested the balance, and Tantaros asked for him to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Normally, an NDA shouldn’t trigger a lawsuit. He could have asked that Tantaros put the balance in escrow, and once the NDA was signed, the escrow reverts to him. No harm no foul.
However, if Tantaros asked him to sign an NDA while offering nothing, then lawyers get involved. And now things get sticky.
Krechner now wants copyright on the book, and obviously doesn’t believe confidentiality matters any longer. Hopefully the two can work things out. I’m sure many people would like to see Tantaros get her life back in order, and even land another TV gig.