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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:02 AM

The Simpsons' demolition of Paul Harvey

Since the "God made a farmer" ad has renewed public awareness of Paul Harvey, one of the creepiest pricks of the post-war era and in some ways the godfather of the AM radio wing-nut movement...

My favorite Simpson's line (which is saying a LOT) for intellectual depth and satirical efficiency is this, heard on the radio during the Homer's Barbershop Quartet episode, in a fine impression of Paul Harvey.

...and that little boy who no one liked grew up to be… Roy Cohn. And now you know the Rest of the Story.


I can't find vid on youtube. Feel free to share it if you know where it may be.

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Reply The Simpsons' demolition of Paul Harvey (Original post)
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 OP
CreekDog Feb 2013 #1
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #2
stlsaxman Feb 2013 #7
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #10
stlsaxman Feb 2013 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #13
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #3
RZM Feb 2013 #4
Contrary1 Feb 2013 #5
progressoid Feb 2013 #8
defacto7 Feb 2013 #6
progressoid Feb 2013 #9
underpants Feb 2013 #12

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:05 AM

1. good catch

i could never stand Paul Harvey.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:26 AM

2. A reminder of Paul Harvey and his "special relationship" with horses....

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:40 AM

7. Political Strikes!!!! i LOVED his stuff!

is it archived somewhere?

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:13 PM

11. i keep getting "this domain name might be for sale"...

at every link on the page.

wazzupwidat?

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Response to stlsaxman (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:42 PM

13. Must be expired. Try this...

http://web.archive.org/web/20080815000000*/http://politicalstrikes.com

You will have to copy/paste the entire line into your browser.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:31 AM

3. buddies with hoover, joe mccarthy, billy graham.

 

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:42 AM

4. Harry Shearer was actually somewhat fond of Paul Harvey

 

Not coincidentally he also did the Harvey voice on the show. They referenced him other times as well and those had a more jokey, endearing quality.

For many years I've been an on and off listener of Shearer's radio show and I happened to catch the episode after Paul Harvey died. He spent a lot of time on him and played a few long clips of Harvey saying some pretty liberal stuff. They are almost exactly a generation apart and I got the sense that Shearer had always looked up to him. It was interesting because of course Shearer is very liberal.

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Response to Contrary1 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:23 AM

8. Thanks.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:26 AM

6. It would be interesting to hear where the right leaning

comments about Paul Harvey are coming from. My family knew him, actually, my mother dated Paul in high school, Central High in Tulsa, OK. They were good friends for years after. He knew Billy Graham, Hoover, McCarthy, but they weren't buddies. The fact is, he knew everyone in politics and just about everywhere else. That's just how he was. He was a history buff and a radio entertainer. Though he was politically liberal He never made waves or pushed a position... just gave unusual revealing history lessons.

If there's something I'm missing, let me know. But Paul was about as friendly and liberal a man as I ever met.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:38 AM

9. Nice little joke.

Wonder how many people got it?

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:17 PM

12. That Paul Harvey ad pissed me off

As posted above his "up from the boots straps" stories were part of the foundation of the right wing that we know today

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