What do YOU think? Is it ethical for to NBC pay Casey Anthony for her interview?
When Casey Anthony was released from jail, there was a media frenzy to score the first interview. Her skeevy lawyer, Jose Baez, wanted to entertain all the offers and set up an official negotiation session. It was clear from the beginning that NBC really wanted it, they even paid for the hotel room. TMZ got wind that this was happening and wrote about it. At that point, the public became outraged NBC was going to let her profit from a sad situation, and the negotiations broke down. All the news channels backtracked and said they were no longer going to pursue a paid interview. Basically they got caught red-handed and didn’t want backlash.
Looks like NBC let some time pass, and they’re back at it. TMZ is reporting NBC has found a way around having to admit they’re paying Casey for an interview. They’re using their connections to score her a book deal, and in return Casey is granting them an interview. A lot of people are upset about this. I don’t get it. Well, wait. Let me rephrase. I GET IT. I get that a murderer shouldn’t profit off killing her kid by getting a book deal, or getting paid 7 figures for an interview.
But want to know the truth? The TMZ article I read had a poll, “NBC: Clever or shame on them?” and voted “Shame on them” because I know that’s what I’m supposed to say. And deep down I know it’s wrong. But honestly? I’d DVR that interview like no one’s business and I’d watch every second of it. And I’m pretty sure the other 44,702 people who voted in the poll would agree with me. TMZ is saying:
The honchos at NBC — the C stands for crafty — think they figured out a way to snag an interview with Casey Anthony without paying a red cent, and make her a wealthy woman at the same time.
We’ve learned an NBC news producer has reached out to people in the literary world, trying to score a book deal for Anthony. The producer has contacted literary agents and others, telling them if he scored a book deal for Casey, she’d give the network a 1-hour, primetime special … portions of which would also run on “Today.”
The producer makes it clear — NBC couldn’t pay a cent for the interview. But he is gung-ho about the book deal, even representing that Casey wants up front money.
Jose Baez, Casey’s lawyer, tells TMZ … he has full knowledge of the producer’s efforts, but says, “I’m not involved in that process. I did not entice him to do it.”
Baez was quick to add, “Casey is not ready to do an interview.”
Instead of going through all the effort to score her a book deal, why doesn’t NBC just pay her for the interview and move on? We all know you’re trying to be sneaky, NBC. Just own it and people will move on. Everyone will act outraged for a week or two before the interview airs, threaten to boycott NBC, 20 million people will tune in to watch it, the people who threatened to boycott will stop watching NBC for a week or two, and then when the next big thing happens in the news, they’ll forget and keep watching. And maybe 1% of the people who threatened to boycott will actually quit NBC for good. That’s how it works. That’s how it works with EVERYTHING. That interview is going to happen. Someone is going to pay Casey for it. When? Who knows. But it will happen. So my argument is just, get it over with, pay her, admit you paid her, and move on.
What do you think? If NBC is determined to score the interview, would you rather them pay her and admit it, or be sneaky and try to get her a book deal so they can save face to the public?
This entry was posted on October 24, 2011 by Bethany. It was filed under Celeb Go$$ip, In The News..., Rant and Rave, What do YOU think? and was tagged with book deal, casey anthony, interview, loop hole, lying, nbc, strategy.