Errol Morris says that he sometimes pays his subjects
Over in Hitsville Bill Wyman has a fascinating post about the fact that Errol Morris actually paid Lyndie England and other "bad apples" to participate in his latest documentary, about Abu Ghrab. Morris has been widely lauded for scoring these interviews but had not disclosed that England got a check for her appearance until some journalists pushed him on the question. I suppose an argument can be made that given his stature Morris will likely profit from the film and that his subjects know that and want a piece of the action. But in my book if you call it a documentary, the subjects aren't paid beyond expenses. If they are paid, we as viewers need to know that. Right?