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Jared Paul Stern Returns To Gossip Writing, Blasts Daily News

jared_paul_stern_sm.jpgWell, sort of. Yesterday, the scorned Page Six scribe posted a gossip item on his infrequently-updated Web site “Night & Day” blasting his former paper’s rival, Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman, while managing to sideswipe New York Post editor Col Allan as “ethically-challenged” — all in under 250 words!

June 3, 2007 — Is Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman shopping for his own ethically-challenged Brit editor to give the New York Post a run for its money? The “Spectator” column of London’s Independent on Sunday is reporting that ousted News of the World editor-in-chief Andy Coulson was recently offered the top spot at the Daily News, which is currently occupied by “limp-wristed” limey Martin Dunn.

Coulson, 38, a former gossip columnist for the London Sun, resigned from News of the World in January after one of the paper’s editors was jailed in the wake of a Royal phone-tapping scandal. The “Spectator” does not elaborate on details of Zuckerman’s offer, but Coulson turned it down in favor of a top public relations job with Britain’s Conservative party last week.

News of the Coulson gambit, which has not yet been reported Stateside, calls into question Dunn’s continued tenure under notoriously mercurial Snooze boss Zuckerman, who’s famous for blindsiding his editors. Of course, since no-one else was hired folowing the departure of former News EIC Michael Cooke in 2005, it’s just possible Coulson was invited to work under Dunn — for now. Interesting to note that Coulson’s replacement at News of the World, Rupert Murdoch‘s trashiest and best-selling tabloid, is former New York Post executive editor Colin Myler.

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