Articles by Amy Fried


Safety net protocol: Deny, don’t explain

By Amy Fried on Aug. 30, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
By now, James O’Keefe’s foray into the Pine Tree State has moved into the recesses of Maine political history. After the first tape was treated with much skepticism, O’Keefe tweeted that there would be “egg on the faces of journalists up there.” Instead, with the second tape, there was even …

Skepticism and the sham sting

By Amy Fried on Aug. 16, 2011, at 5:29 p.m.
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 …

Who votes matters as much as who they vote for

By Amy Fried on Aug. 02, 2011, at 6:44 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The Bangor Daily News is pleased to welcome Amy Fried and Matthew Gagnon to our editorial pages. A political science professor at the University of Maine, Ms. Fried is a well-known commentator on state and national issues. Her column will appear every other Wednesday. Matthew Gagnon, a former …