March 18th, 2010
04:18 PM ET
13 years ago

New York Times denies Paterson was source

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The New York Times is contesting Gov. David Paterson's claim he was the paper's source for a recent story."]
(CNN) - The New York Times is contesting Gov. David Paterson's claim he was the paper's source for a recent story that ultimately led to an ethics investigation, the departure of top aides, and the abandonment of his election bid.

Paterson told New York radio station WOR Thursday that he was the person who informed the Times he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.

Related: I was NYT source, Paterson said

But in a blog post Thursday, Times reporters Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore say that's not true.

"In the course of reporting, The Times learned that the governor had called Ms. Booker, but that information did not come from the governor," wrote Hakim and Confessore.

The Times reporters also said the governor's office only acknowledged Paterson made the phone call after the paper informed them it had learned of the communication.

"The administration subsequently clarified that the call took place on Feb. 7, but it did so only after being told that The Times was aware that a telephone conversation between the governor and Ms. Booker had taken place," the reporters wrote.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Joseph-Ohio

    This is a clear example of more wasted money and energy on something that when it comes down to it............IS NOT NEWS! I personally like Paterson, but his shop is going down and this is not helping!

    March 18, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    If this is true, Patterson is an idiot. What? Did he not think that NYT wasgoing to let that statement fly?

    March 18, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. laughing NYer

    I love living and paying taxes in NY state. We ought to appoint a king in November until our wonderfully corrupt government official can figure out how to tie their own shoe laces without committing a crime, that's assuming they actually dress themselves in the morning. We're right up there with you Illinois, Burris and Blagojavich have nothing on us. Don't worry though, Illinois seems good at getting rid of the corrupt when they screw up, we'll simply vote another pack of criminals in. I need another laugh, please top this one for us Paterson.

    March 18, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Mickey

    Is it me, or are Paterson's pants actually on fire?

    March 18, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – He said, she said, you said, I said, they said, we all said WHAT??? When? How? Why? Who at the time said she said that you were making phone calls about them on February 7...... LOL Jeez!!

    March 18, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. jeff jackson, alabama

    What an unfair choice to make.
    I have to decide who's making stuff up.
    A politician.....or The Old York Times.
    Lot's of luck deciding !!!

    March 18, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Doug,lib jersey

    Oh I'm sure the Obama-Times is being honest.

    Chicago thugs make the Tony Sopranos of NY and NJ look like amatures.

    March 18, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    Paterson just keeps digging himself deeper. When will he stop talking about his ethics problems and start working for the people? Next he will go on Glenn Beck like Massa and confess more sins we didn't know about. And he was planning on running for re-election? Gimme a break! The 20% of people who support him must be blind to his idiocy.

    March 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You don't try to save someone elses reputation who has already explained why they quit and then turn around, throw yourself under a bus by telling a lie on New York Times. Paterson is mentally unfit to serve and it makes me wonder who knew before hand he is unfit because this doesn't pass the smell test for a stable person.

    March 18, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Texas Jack

    Some more of OBAMA's group that will lie when the truth would sound better. Get rid of this man along with the muslim gang of OBAMA.

    March 18, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Patrick, Mass.

    This guy is just not fit for office. He's either incredibly stupid or is delusional. How did he make it this far in politics anyway? (Oh, that's right, people liked him. Great qualification for office, isn't it?)

    March 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Michael

    He's lost it. He has no grip on reality whatsoever. Someone call the men with the giant net!

    March 18, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. chris l

    Wow, a disgraceful newspapers word against a disgraceful governors word. Who to believe?

    March 18, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Shimanilami

    What's remarkable is that a newspaper actually made an effort to verify a politician's claims before printing them. Lately, this seems to be the rare exception to the rule, which is a sad statement on the affairs of modern journalism.

    March 18, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Obama the Arrogant Liar

    the N.Y Times has never been trustworthy, ever

    March 18, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    I repeat ... resign already!

    March 18, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. inofritzn

    And they wonder why we the people have no faith left in our government. Crook central

    March 18, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |