New York Post gossip writer Jared Paul Stern (pictured), accused of trying to extort $220,000 from billionaire Ron Burkle in return for favorable coverage, will tell “Good Morning America” tomorrow (April 10) that he was the one being set up by Burkle. Stern said that Burkle contacted him last summer through a mutual friend in an effort to reduce the number of negative items appearing about him in the Post’s gossip column. Burkle, who is backing a bid by unions to buy 12 Knight Ridder newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times, has denied Stern’s allegations, saying through a spokesman, “Mr. Stern’s re-characterization of events are just that.”

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