Paid for an interview?
An NBC mouthpiece says: "NBC News does not pay for interviews. NBC News paid a nominal licensing fee for photos, which is very common in the industry."
Last month, it was reported that a "major media organization" helped pay Casey's bail the first time she was in jail. An insider said that ABC News paid more than $200,000 to the alleged child killer to license images and video for a segment on 20/20 report. ABC wouldn't confirm the amount but admitted they licensed footage from "rights holders."
Be it Britney Spears or a murderer, network news operations pay for interviews. They cloak the payments with forked tongues, but they pay... and they don't make the distinction, as would a good tabloid operation, whether a victim or criminal gets the money.