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Here is a 705-word article about something Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage may or may not have said, according to two anonymous sources, contradicted by several on-the-record sources, and refuted by the governor himself.
Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Obama “hates white people,” according to two state lawmakers who say they heard the remark directly.
The governor made the comment during a Maine Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the home of John and Linda Fortier in Belgrade. According to the invitation, the fundraiser was a “meet and greet” for LePage and first lady Ann LePage, and an opportunity to meet Rick Bennett, the new party chairman.
The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their names be withheld for fear of political retribution…
…Two other lawmakers who attended the event – Reps. Alex Willette of Mapleton and Larry Dunphy of Embden – said that if LePage made the comment, they didn’t hear it.
“I didn’t hear him say anything like that,” said Willette, who added that he spent most of the event trying to raise money for his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Dunphy said the governor made some brief, informal remarks but he doesn’t remember hearing anything about the president hating white people.
The gossip-as-reportage is illustrated with this photo and caption:
“Was heard to say.”
There is, of course, no context for the alleged remarks. No direct quotations. No, you know, substantiation. The story ends with a compendium of LePage’s other supposedly insensitive comments and condemnation from an indignant professor saying the governor “shouldn’t get a pass” for whatever he may or may not have said.
LePage says he didn’t say what the gossip-mongers said he said, which prompted another lengthy piece from the gossip rag masquerading as a newspaper — now glorying in all the coverage of their Real Journalism:
The controversy has spread quickly nationwide. The talk radio station WGAN-AM in South Portland spent most of Tuesday morning discussing it. Many national news websites and political blogs have picked up the story. CNN and MSNBC each devoted several minutes Tuesday to LePage’s alleged comments.
Many other people who attended the fundraiser have said they did not hear the governor say those words, but no one has denied it except LePage.
But keep mongering, mongers!
LePage’s office is pushing back at the anonymous smear merchants:
“It seems farfetched for anyone, even a newspaper, to make an insinuation the governor is racist given his life history,” [LePage's senior political adviser Brent Littlefield] said in an emailed statement after the initial story was posted online.
Littlefield was referring to Devon Raymond Jr., a Jamaica-born man whom LePage and his wife cared for while he attended high school in Maine.
Littlefield spent 10 minutes Tuesday on “The WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike” discussing the allegations.
He was asked repeatedly if he ever asked the governor directly whether he made the comment. Littlefield refused to answer the question and instead criticized the media.
No doubt the New England journalism associations are preparing the awards and Pulitzer nominations for the Heard To Say sleuths posthaste.blog comments powered by Disqus
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