NEW YORK (AP) — A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a former New York Post gossip writer against the Daily News, supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub trashed Jared Paul Stern's lawsuit in his decision issued Monday, saying it read more like a "Mickey Spillane novel" than a carefully argued statement of law.

He also characterized the suit as a "political diatribe" against the Clintons by Stern's conservative lawyer.

The lawsuit was filed after Burkle contended Stern had demanded money in a videotaped shakedown to squelch negative news.