Meta-gossip in Albany

A rumor is flying around Capitol news types that the New York Times is working on a potentially devastating story about the Governor. The Times-Union has more:

Someday, a sociologist might be able to use an analysis of the rumors currently flying around the Capitol as their dissertation topic. Information from credible sources slowly becomes wilder as it spreads out. Sometimes, the chain of information is circular: A calls B, who calls C; then C calls A, who discovers that the story has changed markedly on its journey.