Augusta – Newspapers across the state are welcoming a hiatus from pointing a disapproving eye at Augusta.
With Paul LePage gone, newspapers no longer have to worry Maine’s governor will say something stupid they can then work into the national conversation on politics.
“Everything is finally back to where we believe it should be,” one journalist said.
“We’re all pretty worn out from adversarial coverage of the governor’s office,” he continued. “It’s great that burden has been lifted, and with LePage gone and Janet Mills as governor, we can start writing nice puff pieces.”
Whereas newsrooms previously worked at a breakneck pace covering all the embarrassing things LePage said and did, things have slowed down markedly.
“Our latest pitch meeting for features focused on things going forward for the entire year. For example, we’ve already planned a summer kick-off with Janet Mills’ Must-Read Books of Summer, and next year’s holiday season we’re going to front-page the governor’s favorite sugar cookie recipes.”
Feeling the crunch are Maine’s investigative journalists, who worry about the possibility of lay-offs.
“Mills can’t possibly do anything worthy of investigation, aside from investigating how nice things are now. Bill Nemitz already did an opinion piece on how the whole climate of Maine is nicer thanks to Mills. Can’t really delve much deeper,” one reporter said.
One unexpected struggle for Maine’s newspapers under the new Mills administration has been difficulty organically working the term “Yasss queen” into a headline.
“We’ll stay up all night to crack this one,” said a representative from the Portland Press Herald.