Weinergate: The Price of a Scoop

How much did ABC pay for the exclusive?

Last week, ABC News interviewed Meagan Broussard, making her one of the most visible women of the "Weiner 6." The interview was a scoop for the network and early reports from ABC said simply that the exclusive was made possible by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who first broke the Weiner story, who "shared her identity with ABC News."

But having Broussard's identity is not enough to secure an interview. As is increasingly the practice in ratings-seeking journalism, ABC was prepared to offer Broussard more than just a chance to shake the hand of 20/20 co-anchor Chris Cuomo in exchange for her story.

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