9/11 Survivor Says He Charges For Interviews

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(AP) A businessman who was pictured on a magazine cover coated in dust after the World Trade Center attack said he will talk about the experience with reporters only for a fee.

“I ask $500 for an hour, for two, it’s $911 — and, yes, there is a significance to that sum,” Edward Fine said in Monday’s New York Post. “Giving interviews takes time out of running my business,” said Fine, who owns an investment and public relations firm in New Jersey.

Fine’s image became associated with the attack when he appeared in an Agence France-Presse photograph on the cover of Fortune magazine. In the photo, Fine is coated with dust, and he has covered his mouth with a cloth as he walks and carries his briefcase.

Fine, who was on the 79th floor of the north tower on Sept. 11, said he has given 12 anniversary interviews to outlets who agreed to pay. The Post said it did not pay Fine for his comments.

Fine could not be reached by The Associated Press because the name and location of his firm were not available.

“Paying for stories, especially stories that have such historic importance, is setting a bad precedent,” said Kenny Irby, a journalism ethics expert at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. “The American media is rooted in its accuracy and authority. Paying would compromise that.”

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