As a freelance contributor to the New York Post's Page Six column, Jared Paul Stern was supposed to get the gossip, not be the gossip. But a New York Daily News splash last Friday alleged that Stern proposed that billionaire Ron Burkle pay him $100,000 to suppress negative stories. Howard Rubenstein, the Post's spokesman, says the paper suspended Stern, seized his computer and is cooperating with a federal probe. Rubenstein says prosecutors have not expressed interest in any other Page Six writer. Reports that film mogul Harvey Weinstein talked once with Page Six editor Richard Johnson about a screenplay are true, Rubenstein says, but a deal never materialized. (Weinstein's company affirms there was no deal. Johnson's lawyer, Ed Hayes, says, "Johnson never took a dime.") Hayes, who also represents Stern, says Stern was "sorry he did anything to embarrass the Post."