Andrew Hawkins alerted me to the mea culpa published earlier by Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider which, at the height of the rumors about that Times story, said Governor David Paterson have to step down.
The one thing Weisenthal doesn’t say is where got the information and why he felt this source was trustworthy. And will this source be used in future stories?
Anyway, here’s Weisenthal:
Last week prior to the Super Bowl we ran a story based on a conversation with a single source who said a NYT bombshell was about to drop and that the wheels were in motion for the governor’s resignation.
Not only is Paterson not resigning, the NYT story was a big fat nothing.
We actually wonder why the paper even considers it news, seeing as it’s about an aide, and since it wasn’t even timely (we wonder, for the Times’ sake, whether at some point there was something deeper that they couldn’t quite get).
Anyway, we regret fanning the flames of the “bombshell” rumors, and hope that none of this damages the embattled governor. And we don’t think it will.
Hawkins pointed out the story during a panel discussion we attended last night at CUNY, where one audience member asked how the rumors about Paterson became news. The student asked, “Where were the adults?”