Obama Turns Back on Paterson's Race War With Media

Gov. Paterson, convinced that the white-controlled media is out to get him, warned on Friday that they'd soon be going after the Commander in Chief. Turns out the president doesn't want any part of it.

"The reality is the next victim on the list -- and you can see it coming -- is President Barack Obama, who did nothing more than try to reform a health care system," Paterson said during an interview on WWRL-AM radio.

By Sunday, Obama's people were calling Paterson's people to tell the governor to stop including the president in his race war with the media, the Post reported.

Even after that entreaty from the White House, Paterson pressed the issue in an interview with editor-in-chief Gerson Borrero of the Spanish language newspaper El Diario.

"Part of what I feel is that one very successful minority is permissible, but when you see too many success stories, then some people get nervous."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton was asked Monday during a press briefing whether the prez felt he was treated unfairly by the media because of his race.

"The president doesn't think it's the case," Burton said from Martha's Vineyard, where the Obama's are vacationing.

Former New York Mayor David Dinkins has been close to the Paterson family for decades. He has urged the governor to back away from the issue, as well.

"Definitely he should get off the racist thing,”  Dinkins, the only black mayor in New York City's history, told The New York Times on Moday. "Right or wrong, it's a fight you sure can't win."

Contact Us