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On the other side of the pen

He tried to stay Anonymous. Now he's fodder for his fellow columnists.

Joe Klein, who acknowledged that he wrote Primary Colors, was awarded the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' "Sitting Duck Award" on Saturday.

The award is given each year to the "target most useful to a columnist on a slow news day," said society president Shelia Stroup of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"Now we all know that Joe Klein's primary color is green," Stroup said at the society's annual convention.

Klein, a political columnist for Newsweek, had denied that he wrote the book, a behind-the- scenes tale of the 1992 presidential primary campaign that some participants have described as strikingly true to life. He finally acknowledged it Wednesday.

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