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NBC News -- We Won't Pay for Casey Anthony ... BUT

7/24/2011 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBC news is apparently reacting to a TMZ story, in which we said Casey Anthony's lawyer is negotiating with the major networks, and big bucks are on the line ... because the network is saying they have not offered any payment for an INTERVIEW ... BUT, it made no mention of other ways of paying handsomely for a chat with the very famous former murder defendant.

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TMZ broke the story ... Anthony's lawyer, Jose Baez, was holed up at the swanky Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City, negotiating with NBC, ABC and CBS for the first sit-down.  And, as we reported, Baez was in the Hotel bar Thursday night, getting tips from high-profile lawyer Mark Geragos on how to negotiate the best deal.

NBC gave a statement to the New York Post, saying, "We've talked with Baez about getting an interview with Casey Anthony, but only under NBC News standards and conditions -- no payment, and absolutely no job offers for any member of her defense team."

Read carefully -- NBC is saying "no payment," but it refers to an "interview."  That doesn't cover paying huge money for pictures, video, etc.  That's S.O.P. in the network game -- and we're told that's one of the issues Geragos covered with Baez.

As we reported, as of Friday morning ... NBC was the frontrunner in nabbing Anthony.


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1.

LittleBIt    

Drop Dead Casey!
Drop Dead Baez!
F-U to any network that interviews either one of these maggots.

1102 days ago
2.

Sandra     

Whatever!! Big bucks will be paid and sad but true, people will watch!!

1102 days ago
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Shar J    

And NBC, CBS, ABC, advertisers and whatever other stations that broadcasts such rubbish can count on me to tune out. I really don't care whether or not Ms. Anthony is innocent or guilty but I do grieve the death of an innocent, beautiful child. RIP Caylee.

1102 days ago
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Kathy    

So what you're saying is the media lies but not really, if they phrase it in the right way. OK.

1102 days ago
5.

Phreaky    

They are so full of s^*& - everyone knows they pay a ridiculous amount of money for something like childhood photos - then they can say they didn't pay for the interview, only bought photo rights.
Blah blah blah...
DON'T BUY THE PICTURES! WE'VE SEEN THEN ALL ALREADY! DO NOT MAKE THIS WOMAN RICH!

1102 days ago
6.

nxdita    

Baby Killer Casey Anthony just needs to DIE so she can finally burn in hell for what she did to Caylee. Die, WHORE die!

1102 days ago
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lkharter    

Please consider blocking whichever network wins this bidding
war, for the entire week in which this show airs, and emailing the network that you are doing so. Thank you.

1102 days ago
8.

Lucifer    

Baez is also telling the truth when he states that he is not negotiating any deals with the major networks. Of course he isn't...Casey Anthony is. Casey Anthony is the 'dummy' opening her mouth.. Baez is the ventriloquist verbalizing the terms, conditions...and Price...

1102 days ago
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Bostongirl    

I liked CBS. They made it clear they were not paying for anything. Not one mickel. The rest of the networds need to follow suit. ABC already bought the pictures of Caylee. Sickening that ABC did this. Casey offs her daughter and uses her daughter to get money for her defense. Also, I do believe Cindy Anthony received a large sum for pictures of Caylee too.

ABC paid for this

1102 days ago
10.

alittleunwell    

Guilty dog barks first.

1102 days ago
11.

fran    

BOYCOTT any network or advertisers products that have anything to do with Casey Anthony or her Baez....BOYCOTT

1102 days ago
12.

G. Howie Belches    

Looks like Baez is exploiting the death of a 2-year-old girl to chase after fame and fortune. He and Casey deserve each other.

1102 days ago
13.

Sandra    

Hopefully there is someone out there who is angry enough to kill this ****. Now she's trying to make money off of her daughters little dead body. That bitch has no values what so ever. It's so unbelievable and she makes me wanna hurt her so bad.

1102 days ago
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Martha Stutsman    

Job for the "defense team"?? Does this mean Jose Baez is in the running to replace Matt Lauer? Or is he going to become the week-end weather man?

1102 days ago
15.

Onward    

Profiting from the death of this child shows the true character of Anthony and Baez - boycott NBC, NBC's sponsors, or any other network that decides to pay them.

1102 days ago
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