Freedom of the press . . . to extort?

On April 7, 2006, and under the headline “The billionaire, the Post and the $220G shakedown,” the New York Daily News reported the following:

“A New York Post Page Six staffer solicited $220,000 from a high-profile billionaire in return for a year's ‘protection’ against inaccurate and unflattering items about him in the gossip page, the Daily News has learned.

“In two 90-minute meetings, characterized by a shocking breach of ethics, Jared Paul Stern, a fixture on the city's gossip scene who also edited Page Six The Magazine, asked for a series of payments from Ron Burkle, the managing partner of Yucaipa Cos., a conglomerate with interests in supermarkets, celebrity clothing lines, and media.

“It was all a setup, a sting monitored by law enforcement, including the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI, who are now investigating the extortion attempt. The meetings, on March 22 and March 31, were videotaped.”

Post editor-in-chief Col Allen, said in a text on the paper’s Web site:

"Should the allegations prove true, Mr. Stern's conduct would be morally and journalistically reprehensible, a gross abuse of privilege, and in violation of the New York Post's standards and ethics.”

The New York Post's “standards!” What f-ing standards? The Post is less than a piece of used toilet paper. Allen has an f-ing nerve just using the word “ethics.”

Rupert Murdoch is chairman of the outfit that owns the Post. He also owns Fox Hate (allegedly News). Let’s keep him, and his trailer-trash scum bunnies, in the states where they fit in with the other . . . pieces of (censored).

Ugh!