Those lurid rumors flying around about New York Gov. David Paterson? "None of this is true. It's a flat-out lie," he said in a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Larry King on Thursday night.
Since word of an imminent New York Times story electrified New York political and media circles last week, Paterson has been on the defensive. But day after day, the putative piece has failed to appear -- allowing gossip and conjecture to flourish.
Sex? Drugs? Graft? Theories about the article's focus have taken on lives of their own.
Asked whether the onslaught of rumors means "somebody (is) after you," Paterson was blunt. "Clearly somebody is. ... I won't kid you. I think I have thought about who might be after me."
He declined to name the suspects, but he encouraged the media to turn its focus from the whispers to the whisperers.
"Maybe those in the media might investigate why the sources are saying what they're saying."
During the sit-down, Paterson also knocked the Times for its handling of the frenzy.
What are the chances that we'll see a large protest march in front of the NY Times building attended by NAS, Spike Lee and other Black entertainers who seek to defend the honor of the "Black Governor" as they did against the NY Post last year?