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Chile Miners: Let The Media And Political Feeding Frenzy Begin

by | 13th, October 2010

CHILE Miners: What next for the 33? Well, Blaine Mayhugh knows more than most what to expect. Eight years ago, Blaine was one of nine coal miners trapped underground in Pennsylvania. He was rescued from the Quecreek Mine after three days underground.

Says Blaine:

Mayhugh said the first year after Quecreek became a constant blur of “people expecting you to do stuff”…

“I’d tell the miners to be careful, not to be pressured, and to take time for life to get back to normal.”

“We were bombarded,” Mayhugh said. “We were hounded by the media and everybody in general. It was chaos.”

No mining for you:

They were invited to events all over the country – professional sports games and ribbon cuttings. “Nothing was really free,” Mayhugh said. “They’d say, ‘We need a photo op,’ or ‘Bring in the media.’


“The lights from TV cameras were blinding. I lay in the ambulance sobbing – happy to be free, yet so scared.”

Everyone wants a piece of the miners:

More than 1,500 journalists, photographers and videographers have swarmed to the site, dubbed Esperanza, or Camp Hope, in search of “human stories,” according to La Nación.

Hacks,  if you can’t find a miner, interview each other about what it means to you…

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