September 23, 2003

YOU KNOW, WHO NEEDS TO BASH THE MEDIA when they're so busy doing it to themselves?

Convicted child killer Joel Steinberg has a job as a television producer waiting when he's released from prison next summer after serving 17 years, his attorney said Monday.

Steinberg will work for ``New York Confidential,'' an interview show on a local cable station, attorney Darnay Hoffman said.

``He has contacts in prison,'' Hoffman said, explaining that Steinberg, a disbarred lawyer, knows some of the state's most notorious criminals. ``He knows how to go into a prison and get a story.''

Steinberg, 62, is completing an 8-to-25-year prison term for manslaughter in the death of his illegally adopted daughter, Lisa, and is expected to be released next June.

Coming soon: Eric Rudolph on the women's-health beat.