RadarOnline.com landed quite a scoop with its exclusive video interview with Nadya Suleman‘s mother, Angela Suleman, who bad-mouthed her daughter for not being able to care for her 14 children properly.

The interview, according to Matea Gold at ShowTracker, was then picked up by ABC’s "Good Morning America," which paid what the network calls a "nominal fee" for the footage.

She writes that "paying licensing fees for photos and/or videos is a common among morning news programs, which use them to skirt news
division policies that prohibit paying for interviews."

But according to Gold, ABC may have paid to license an interview that was
purchased outright.

Joann Killeen, Nadya Suleman’s publicist, says that RadarOnline gave Angela Suleman $40,000 for the exclusive video chat. OK, now it’s really getting ugly. And greedy!

"I had to put a gag on Nadya’s mother, who sold her out to RadarOnline," she told LA Weekly. "They paid her $40,000 to sell [Nadya] out, and she can’t talk about her daughter for three months."

No word yet from Angela about this. But I guess with the gag and all, she’s finding it tough to talk. Does Killeen mean a gag order or literally a gag? It’s hard to tell.

RadarOnline managing editor David
has admitted that his company paid Splash News
to license photos used in the piece, but refused to comment on whether Angela
Suleman benefited financially from the photo sales.

Oh, and then he hung up the phone. 

Hmmm. What do you think? Are these news organizations coughing up for Nadya’s mom Angela’s story, but they just don’t want to admit it for fear of viewer outrage?

Related Nadya Suleman news:

Nadya Suleman on food stamps, three older kids get disability

Nadya Suleman’s tired mother says daughter cannot care for 14 kids

Nadya Suleman wants $2 million and a TV show

Octuplets’ mom already has six kids at home

Photos: Nadya Suleman, left, and her doppleganger, Angelina Jolie (or is it the other way around?). NBC/WireImage

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead