POLL: Should the Chilean Miners be Paid for their Stories?

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The Chilean miners have faced intense media scrutiny since their rescue last week, and for some of them, the relentless press attention is more frightening than the 69 days they suffered underground.

Intimate details of the miner's ordeal have yet to emerge, with the men saying they signed a pact of secrecy about their entrapment and subsequent rescue. While leaving a special Mass held for the men outside of the San Jose mine on Sunday, rescued miner Omar Reygadas, 56 told reporters, "I've had nightmares these days. But the worst nightmare is all of you."

But media outlets have begun to clamor for their stories and prices are rising. Miners have asked for anywhere from $40 to more than $25,000 for interviews. Verónica Quispe, wife of rescued Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, 24, told the NY Times, "We’re poor — look at the place we live," said Quispe. "You live off our stories, so why can’t we make money from this opportunity to feed our children?"


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