On James O’Keefe and Maine Politics
Ernest Hemingway said people need a “built–in BS detector.” Missouri calls itself the Show Me state. And Mainers, with their sometime crustiness and “You Can’t Get There From Here” tweaking of those who drop by the state with a confident cluelessness, have their own measure of skepticism.
Luckily this questioning attitude was on display last week when the conservative advocacy groups Americans for Prosperity and the Maine Heritage Policy Center unveiled a video. They showed a two-minute clip to assembled journalists, which they said demonstrated “explosive evidence,” of “potential” Medicare fraud. Within a few hours it became clear that the selection did not represent the situation in full.