ABC and NBC stand accused of blatantly violating the "don't pay for interviews" unwritten television rule.
Shame on them.
If the rule is broken in this era of anything goes journalism, then the industry, the academic community and other interested parties need to come up with new standards. But I find unacceptable for two networks to simply ignore it because they believe it doesn't apply to them.
Indeed, shame on them. Oh, just how many competent, professional journalists could have been hired with the money used to pay for those interviews?