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Paul LePage, Maine Governor, Reveals His Greatest Fear: 'Newspapers'

CORRECTS IDENTITY FROM PREVIOUS TO CURRENT MAINE GOVERNOR - Maine Gov. Paul LePage participates in the opening session of the
CORRECTS IDENTITY FROM PREVIOUS TO CURRENT MAINE GOVERNOR - Maine Gov. Paul LePage participates in the opening session of the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Nothing scares Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) more than ... newspapers.

"My greatest fear in the state of Maine: newspapers," said LePage on Friday, according to the Central Maine Morning Sentinel. "I'm not a fan of newspapers."

Last week, LePage spoke to 100 schoolchildren in Winslow, Maine. Afterwards, he told a reporter that he dislikes newspapers because there is a "lack of objectivity." TV and radio, he said, are better because they don't "spin" the news.

He added that newspaper circulation is dropping because "people have finally realized that what they read might not be the truth."

Friday wasn't the first time that LePage has expressed dissatisfaction with the press. Last year, he told a group of eighth-grade students that reading newspapers in Maine was "like paying somebody to tell you lies."

According to a recent Public Policy Polling survey, LePage has a 39 percent approval rating.

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