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Preet Bharara wants to get in front of the camera’s….

The just fired US Attoney for the Southern District of New York has always moved among those in the entertainment world….

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The NY Post also thinks Bharara is looking for a New York higher office to run for after doing a stint with his own investigative TV show….

Bharara — who was dismissed as Manhattan US attorney last weekend when he refused a Trump administration order to ­resign — is angling for a TV gig that could help launch a run for elected office, a source told The Post.

“He’s trying to be a liberal Bill O’Reilly,” the source claimed.

Bharara, 48, could be hoping to land a news show on CNN or MSNBC, “a half-investigative reporting, half Larry King-type show, [where] he can be the special correspondent.”

But in the short-term, Bharara is looking to appear on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — to prove he’s camera-ready, the source said.

“Preet really wants to do Colbert,” the source said. “He thinks Stephen’s really funny and that it’s a way to audition for a gig, where executives will take notice and say, ‘We should give this guy a show.”

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ESPN does a hard look at the concusion issue with Frontline….

 Seems a bit risky for ESPN which has the Sports World as it’s market….

One would assume as long as the marketing people don’t push back on the negative looks things will be aright….

But if people in the sports world begin to be uncomfortable with ESPN looking under the covers there could be a problem….

The guys doing this though are NOT on the air….

On Friday, the investigative news show “Frontline” published a bombshell report on its website. Reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada (they’re brothers) revealed that more than a decade ago the National Football League retirement board awarded $2 million in disability benefits to former players who had suffered brain damage—despite the league’s public position, which it maintained until 2009, that it lacked evidence of football-sustained head trauma leading to permanent brain problems. (The NFL retirement board is not a part of the NFL, though half the board’s votes represent owners.) The report, which relied on previously undisclosed documents, could affect a current 4,000-member class action suit that essentially casts former players as smokers and the NFL as Big Tobacco.

The article, which drew an unusually high volume of traffic for a non-broadcast day by the standards of “Frontline,” was accompanied by an eight-minute video segment produced by the ESPN news magazine “Outside the Lines.” “The board’s rulings raise new questions about what the league knew, and when it knew it,” intones Fainaru-Wada in the clip. When I pressed “play” on the segment yesterday, there first came an advertisement for last night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears—on ESPN.

How did we arrive at a place where two top journalists and an unimpeachable outlet like “Frontline” would join the purveyor of “SportsCenter” and “Monday Night Football” to investigate pigskin-related head trauma?

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