LePage vows to "challenge" the media

Gov. LePage speaks at Husson, aims at Maine media.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor LePage spoke at a Constitution Week Forum at Husson University Wednesday night.

The governor took aim at "the media", calling recent coverage of him "unconstitutional".

LePage accused media organizations of being more concerned about "catching him in a seven-second sound bite" than issues like combating poverty and taking care of the elderly.

“No one can be 100 percent wrong 100 percent of the time for six consecutive years. Nobody can be, but I have been in the eyes of the media,” LePage said.

He said he also plans to go after a Maine newspaper in the coming weeks for calling his health into question.

He did not specify which one, but is presumably referring to an op-ed piece that was published in the Portland Press Herald earlier this month, which suggested the governor has an alcohol problem.

"The media cannot knowingly and viciously put out information that they know is untrue, and they did recently and I'm going to be challenging them in the next few weeks. We're working on that now. I'll be challenging an article that was written in the auspices that a professional called me some names and diagnosed me in a newspaper, which is unconstitutional,” LePage said.

The governor also addressed issues like ‘Question 3’, welfare reform and mandatory overtime. However, he continually took jabs at the media in the context of the First Amendment.

This in line with what appears to be a renewed anti-media campaign of sorts.

"Media has a built-in bias that we've all known for years and years and years, but if you're a conservative in Maine it's gone beyond being a bias. And it's not just me, it's everyone that's conservative in Maine has a built-in bias against them,” LePage said.

A post on Governor LePage’s official Facebook page claims their audience is larger than the readership of some Maine newspapers.

The post compared their "reach" to the circulation of the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Lewiston Sun Journal — asking people to "keep spreading the word."

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