Radar’s busting NY Times show-biz reporter Bill Carter on his sleeping with friendship with those he covers, like Ben Silverman:

Carter has mentioned Silverman in no fewer than 25 stories since 2000, including two lengthy profiles in the last 10 months.

Carter’s been named in the lawsuit brought by Maurice Fraser against NBC and Reveille Productions. Fraser had an idea for an Idol-esque show, Carter set up a meeting for Fraser with Silverman. Silverman pitched the idea to NBC executive Jeff Gaspin, and legal action ensued. Fraser’s suit charges that NBC and Reveille tried to steal his idea before bagging the show altogether.

Carter denied to Radar that he and Silverman were really friend-friends. Show-biz friends: completely different.

NBC’s TCA presentation is set for Monday morning, with Silverman should put on quite a show.

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