Governor David Paterson Says Racism In Media Remarks Misunderstood

09/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEW YORK — New York Gov. David Paterson says his comments last week suggesting some of his critics were motivated by racial bias have been misunderstood.

The state's first black governor said Tuesday at the State University at Stony Brook that he did talk about some negative racial stereotyping that has gone on from time to time but he didn't blame his problems on that.

In a radio interview Friday, Paterson said the media have exploited racial stereotypes in coverage of him and other black elected officials. He later said he was talking about certain media outlets.

New York City's first black mayor, David Dinkins, says Paterson should be more careful when discussing race. He tells The New York Times it's a fight you can't win.