The glossies let throaty Rita Cosby do the work for them this week—hey, it was Labor Day—and apparently contraband copies of the MSNBC journo’s new Anna Nicole Smith tell-all, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death, was the hot Hamptons beach read (it wasn’t due out until the Tuesday after the weeklies closed).
The tome is chock-full of on-the-record allegations from frenemies that say Anna’s lawyer/partner Howard K. Stern and bona fide BD Larry Birkhead were secret lovers who made a backroom deal for custody of the playmate’s fortune, legacy, and, oh yeah, that kid. A quick book report was all that was required from the glossies. Then it was just a matter of making the photo editors dig up appropriate file footage and finding a legal expert media whore-y enough to take a call on a holiday. Add water, rinse, repeat—voila! Cover story!