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What Does $1,000 Buy You At Page Six?

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Following the latest wrinkle in the Jared Paul Stern-Page Six Fix scandal, Nello’s Nello Balan defended his $1,000 gift to Page Six‘s Richard Johnson in this week’s New York magazine.

“Parties, strippers, $50,000 trips, and what everybody focuses on is that Christmas gift in 1997. It’s impossible that I was thinking if I give a Christmas gift that would influence someone’s opinion of me or do something for me. There’s nothing behind that Christmas gift. It’s not an obligation. It’s a thought.”

We asked three former Page Sixers — Jared Paul Stern, Fernando Gil, Ian Spiegelman — what, exactly, $1,000 could buy you at Page Six.

Stern said something about Col Allan‘s “y-front” pants. Gil dodged the question (“I think that money would be better spent on weed.”) Spiegelman, though, gave us this answer:

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Jared Paul Stern Wants Post Job Back

jared_paul_stern_sm.jpgToday’s Page Six slammed its former scribes Jared Paul Stern and Ian Spiegelman after alleging that Stern was threatening to sue the Post and make public a four-page list of “lies and smears” aimed at his former colleagues.

Post editor Col Allan said the paper, “as a matter of principle, wouldn’t pay even one cent to the litigious Stern,” although it’s unclear whether or not Stern was seeking money.

We asked Stern — who filed a lawsuit against Ron Burkle and Bill and Hillary Clinton earlier this year — what, in fact, he was seeking. It appears Stern wants the Post to reinstate him after federal prosecutors did not charge him with the extortion of Burkle.

Here’s his response via e-mail:

The statement they issued originally was that I’d been “suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” so we asked that I be re-instated when I was exonerated. This is yet another of their desperate attempts at a pre-emptive attack where they just end up shooting themselves in the foot.

We’ve been asking that they make good on their promise and re-instate me as Books editor, editor of the Page Six magazine and Page Six contributor since I was exonerated.

Ian’s statement was provided merely to demonstrate that the Post’s claims that I was some kind of “abberation” or “rogue” (their exact words) who violated company policy were not true and held me in a false light. We were only interested in coming to an amicable resolution.

FishbowlNY’s Selected Coverage of the Jared Paul Stern Case:

  • Finally: Jared Paul Stern Sues Billionaire Ron Burkle — Bill & Hillary Too
  • No Charges For Jared Paul Stern In Burklegate
  • Burkle Divorce Docs Reveal Allegations of Sex, Lies & Videotapes
  • Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times
  • Jared Paul Stern, 3 Others Out at Page Six
  • Jared Paul Stern: The FishbowlNY Interview
  • BREAKING: Jared Paul Stern to Guest-Edit Gawker
  • Exclusive: Jared Paul Stern’s First Video Interview Since Page Six Scandal
  • Jared Paul Stern on Jared Paul Stern
  • Daily News Prints Stern’s Tad More Measured Comments
  • News Corp.’s ‘Attack Arm’ Takes Aim At Anderson Cooper

    cooperbot.jpgDidn’t Ian Spiegelman once call Page Six the “attack arm” of the News Corp. media empire? Well, today the page goes to town in its lead item about Fox News’ recent ad in a trade magazine calling CNN anchor Anderson Cooper “the Paris Hilton of television news. Page Six says CNN is “flummoxed” by the slam and working on a response ad for next week:

    “It’s war,” a CNN insider told Page Six.

    Indeed, the kind of “war” normally reserved for high school hallways, cafeterias and parking lots. In other words, cable news.

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  • MSNBC Ad Attacks Fox News, CNN; Fox News Calls MSNBC ‘An Embarrassment’