[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/18/art.2paterson0318.gi.jpg 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.
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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.