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King Trumps Coop in CNN Turf Rift

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Larry King wants to make one thing clear: He, not Anderson Cooper, is the top dog at CNN. And he and his panel are to get the most airtime.

Larry Flynt is taking aim at hypocrisy again, but it seems he won't be using his secret weapon. Dan Moldea, the private investigator who worked with Flynt to expose the marital infidelities of Bill Clinton antagonist Bob Livingston, says he hasn't been contacted by the Hustler publisher, who is offering a $1 million reward to anyone with "documented evidence of illicit sexual or intimate relations with a congressperson, senator, or other prominent officeholder." Claims Moldea: "I haven't talked to Larry in a long time. I opened the paper on Sunday and was surprised like everybody else."

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Jay McInerney is lame. At least that's what his publicist said when the '80s novelist-cum-wine writer backed out of a party for 2033: The Future of Misbehavior at a Manhattan Borders store last night. McInerney's broken-foot excuse brought to mind his friend Bret Easton Ellis, who suffered the same injury on the eve of his tour for Lunar Park. (Ellis said in an interview at the time that years of Vicodin use had weakened his bones.) Mergers & Acquisitions author Dana Vachon, reached for comment, had no information on how McInerney had been hurt, but he was happy to speculate. "I bet he broke it beautifully. And most likely he did it in the second person."

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