Maine governor to stop talking to three newspapers

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PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s blunt-spoken governor does not mince words when opponents dare to cross him but he has saved some of his harshest criticism for newspapers, once telling schoolchildren he is not a fan of newspapers and another time saying that reading one is ‘‘like paying somebody to tell you lies.’’

Now the matter has gone to an extreme, with Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, and his administration refusing to comment to three newspapers including one serving the state’s largest city.

Adrienne Bennett, the governor’s communications director, said that it was her decision to give a blanket ‘‘no comment’’ to the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal in the state capital of Augusta, and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, where LePage once served as mayor.

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