Cashing In

CASHING IN….Yesterday the London Times reported “fury” over the fact that the recently released British prisoners were cashing in on their fame by selling their stories to tabloid newspapers and TV shows. Today, the Times has toned it down to “criticism.” The Telegraph calls it “dismay” The Guardian suggests “anger.” The BBC thinks “fury” was the right word after all.

In any case, it looks like the prisoners are going to make upwards of half a million dollars between them for selling their stories. But you need to have an angle if you want the really big bucks:

One of the hostages, Dean Harris, 30, an acting sergeant in the Royal Marines, told a Sunday Times reporter yesterday: “I want £70,000. That is based on what the others have told me they have been offered. I know Faye has been offered a heck more than that. I am worth it because I was one of only two who didn’t crack.”

Indeed. At least until now, anyway.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation