Paul Harvey

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Paul Harvey is a conservative U.S. radio commentator carried by ABC Radio Networks, having the biggest audience of any radio personality. In 2007, he celebrated his 89th birthday. Still doing three broadcasts each weekday and two on Saturdays, he is nearing the end of a US$100 million, 10 year contract with ABC Radio. [1]

He is perhaps best known for his Rest of the Story feature. He does news stories along with anecdotes. [2]

Controversy

On his June 23, 2005 broadcast, Paul Harvey, in effect, endorsed genocide. He criticized the U.S. for not having enough wartime aggression. Harvey said, "We're standing there dying, daring to do nothing decisive because we've declared ourselves to be better than our terrorist enemies--more moral, more civilized." Praising the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, he complained "we sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq and kept our best weapons in their silos", implying that the U.S. should use its nuclear weapons against the two countries.

Harvey said,

We didn't come this far because we're made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever.

And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which--feeling guilty about their savage pasts--eventually civilize themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy.

By contrast, Walt Disney / ABC did not allow its Miramax subsidiary to distribute Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004, which criticized Bush and the Iraq war. [3]

Contact details

Web: http://www.paulharvey.com

References

  1. Nate DiMeo, "Radio Legend Paul Harvey Turns 89", NPR, September 4, 2007.
  2. Dan Wilson, "The Right of the Story", FAIR, September/October 1997.
  3. "Paul Harvey's Tribute to Slavery, Nukes, Genocide", FAIR, July 1, 2005.