(45) Paul Harvey
There’s a lot of talk these days that radio commentator Paul Harvey may soon retire. This is bad news, even for us left wing whackos who think he’s a right-wing whacko even if of a gentler era than the current White House and Congressional crowds.
Yeah, Paul’s sounding kind of fragile these days. Doesn’t have the speaking punch he used to. But he’s still one of the two best broadcast writers who ever lived. (The other was Jess Zousmer at CBS, whom almost no one probably remembers.)
The guy can say more in fewer words than anyone else you ever heard. Even if you don’t like his “take” on life. Even if you think he’s a “farm boy” talking to hicks in the sticks, even if he comes off as some rube from
There isn’t a broadcaster alive today who didn’t learn a little by listening to the way
But it’s not just that he writes well and delivers interestingly. He’s done something that no other human being was able to do.
Even Lyndon Johnson admitted that when he lost Paul Harvey’s support, he would soon loose the support of the American people. And he did.
The demonstrators may have set the stage. The protesters might have driven the point home. But it wasn’t until someone with what were (at the time) serious conservative credentials got on the bandwagon, that the tide really turned.
Kind of like Nixon opening
Or the Wall Street Journal taking on big tobacco.
Not much of that happens in a world that’s crazed by the fear of “unbalanced” reporting. Only Fox and Air
How ineffectual we have become. How we have left commentary and analysis to the talk show hosts who are interested in nothing but selling commercial time, “entertaining” us and marketing themselves.
If this dinosaur retires any time soon, we’ll all be the worse for it, regardless of our political persuasion or lack of it.
I'm Wes Richards, my opinions are my own, but you're welcome to them.
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