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White House party crashers say they weren't crashers, weren't paid by NBC



NBC nailed a high-profile interview "get" this morning, featuring the couple accused to "crashing" the Obamas' first state dinner last week, Tariq and Michaele Salahi.

The couple appeared on the Today show this morning, earnestly insisting that reports they were not invited to the dinner were not true. They also conveniently used the Secret Service investigation into their appearance at the dinner as an excuse not to answer the most relevant questions, such as:

Who invited you to the dinner? What about reports you snuck into a Congressional Black Caucus event and forged a parking pass to try sneaking into the Inauguration?

As the The New York Times also noted, Lauer didn't ask about the couple's ties to NBC-owned cable network Bravo, which is considering featuring Michaele in its upcoming unscripted series, Real Housewives of Washington D.C. series.

Once their main interview started, anchor Matt Lauer made his first order of business establishing that NBC hadn't paid the two anything for their time. Which was a bit unnecessary; their real payment was getting a high profile platform to try beating down some of the worst rumors, including allegations they sought to be paid for interviews, so they can more readily peddle their infamy later.

They also claimed the resultant attention has "ruined their lives." But savvy viewers know this incident may actually give them new lives as media creatures -- as long as they can avoid serious criminal charges.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:03pm]


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