posted on Aug, 7 2014 @ 07:56 PM
a reply to: ArnoldNonymous
I don't think that word means what you think it means. And I clearly answered your question while presenting the other side of the coin. Blaming? The
lies Kyle created are being erased from his book so the blame is all his but feel free holding onto ignorance and blaming Ventura and not Kyle.
That said, you just have to wait and see what Ventura does with the money. This lawsuit was first and foremost about clearing his name. The money won
will help cover his legal costs and what remains is his to do with, he doesn't have to prove anything to you or anyone else. He has stated since Kyles
lies about him he's lost work so he's more than welcome to keep every cent but hey, you never know, he could always donate it. Looks like you'll just
have to wait and see.
Either way, Taya Kyle paid $0.00 in legal fees and doesn't have to flip the whole bill to Ventura thanks to insurance. She'll be just fine with her
5-6 million dollars. Let's see how much she gives to charity.
American Sniper became a major success, hitting No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers' list where it remained for seven weeks. Kyle took
none of the royalties from the book, according to his publisher, William Morrow, and DeFelice. DeFelice said Kyle donated his royalties to the
families of two Navy Seals, Marc Lee and Ryan Job, who fought alongside him in a 2006 battle that led to their deaths. Read more here:
Consider what Kyle’s publisher wrote after his tragic passing: “He dedicated his life in recent years to supporting veterans and donated
the proceeds of American Sniper to the families of his fallen friends” (italics mine).
An article in the Blaze definitively proclaimed: “A perfect reflection of his character, Kyle gave all proceeds from his best-selling book American
Sniper to the families of soldiers killed in combat” (italics mine). Or this line from a Human Events article: “For American Sniper, Kyle donated
the profits from that book to charity.” Kyle himself perpetuated this idea, telling the same proceeds-went-to-charity tale to the Texas News Service
and even adding that he regularly received tearful calls and letters of thanks.
And now for the kicker: It isn’t true. Out of the staggering $3 million that American Sniper collected in royalties for Kyle, only $52,000 actually
went to the families of fallen servicemen. (Rather than 100 percent of the proceeds, as the public was led to believe, try 2 percent!).
While Kyle’s widow claimed, in her testimony, that they never intended to profit from the book, and “wanted” to donate the money to other
veterans, she said they were weren’t able to because of — get this! — “gift-tax laws that prevented them from donating more than $13,000 each
to two families last year.”
When Ventura’s attorney asked why they did not simply create a nonprofit (standard practice) to be able to give away the money without gift-tax
concerns, Kyle said she had not had the time to set up such a nonprofit.
Separately, she noted: “We are trying to find the right places and not just throw it away.”
It’s true that giving money away effectively is more challenging than many people realize. But it’s hard to believe neither of the Kyles was able
to sort this problem out: Surely it is quite easy to locate the struggling families of fallen servicemen. And the challenges of setting up a nonprofit
don’t excuse the Kyles’ and the publisher’s strongly implying, and allowing others to claim unambiguously, that they were giving all the money
away when this was clearly not true.
edit on 7-8-2014 by Swills because: (no reason given)