Former New York Congressman Republican Rick Lazio has sent a letter to The New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller demanding to either put up or shut up about a possible bombshell story surrounding New York Governor David Paterson (D). Elizabeth Benjamin of the New York Daily News posted the letter:
Dear Mr. Keller,
Your paper has generated a media firestorm that is directly hurting the Governor of the State of New York, David Paterson. This is not because of a story you have published, but because of the hype surrounding an unconfirmed story that has grown larger than the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Your paper has a responsibility to report the truth, and the public expects nothing less. End the shroud of secrecy surrounding your potential story.
If the New York Times is working on or has a story, then you should confirm or print it. If you do not, then you have a moral obligation to stop the drama and the psychological warfare on Governor Paterson.
Unfortunately, these rumors about the Governor are a sad reflection of Albany politics. No public official deserves to be the subject of over a week of innuendo and nasty speculation. I hope you do the right thing, and do it soon.