Judge Tosses Gossip Columnist’s Suit Against N.Y. ‘Daily News’ and the Clintons

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A judge has dismissed New York Post gossip columnist Jared Paul Stern’s defamation lawsuit against the Daily News, supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Stern denied Burkle’s claim that he’d demanded money to squelch negative news. The Clintons are friends of Burkle, and the former president complained about Stern’s Page Six column. The Daily News reported on the fracas involving its rival.

Stern’s March 2007 lawsuit accused Burkle and the Clintons of trying to defame and discredit him. And he claimed the Daily News — along with a publicist and a former Secret Service investigator — conspired with them.

State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub said Tuesday that Stern didn’t prove his case.

Stern and his lawyer did not immediately return a call and e-mail for comment.

The New York Post is owned by News Corp.

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