Maine Gov. Paul LePage suggested Thursday he makes up stories to mislead reporters.
"I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they'll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid. It's awful," the Republican said in an interview with WGAN-AM on Thursday.
The Maine governor also expressed disdain for the state's media, saying they're "vile," "inaccurate," and "useless."
"I tell you, the sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be," LePage said.
The governor lashed out at the media after it was reported he planned to leave Maine during the government shutdown.
Several Maine media outlets cited two Republicans in the state legislature, Senate President Mike Thibodeau and state Sen. Roger Katz, who said LePage told leaders Monday he was going on vacation and leaving the state for at least 10 days.
But a spokesman for LePage said reports about the governor's vacation were "100 percent fake news."
LePage told WGAN-AM his comments were misinterpreted, and said he meant that his "pen is on vacation. I have nothing to sign."