Skip to comments.Paul Harvey Was 'Equal Time' in Fairness Doctrine Era
Posted on 03/03/2009 1:04:54 PM PST by AJKauf
Paul Harveys death Saturday did not garner major headlines or sustained attention. Matt Drudge had the related story link off his page within about 12 hours of when the news broke.
At one level, its not at all surprising. The man was 90. Though he soldiered on, he was past his peak. His vocal cord problems in 2001 and his bout with pneumonia in 2008 had America mentally prepared for the inevitable.
But those who are unfamiliar with Paul Harvey need to learn about more than his tremendous career success. They need to understand and recognize his significance. Coming within hours of Rush Limbaughs stemwinder of a speech at CPAC in Washington, we should not forget that in his heyday Harvey was in many ways what Limbaugh has often called himself: equal time.
To appreciate what Harvey pulled off, recall just how limited the media marketplace was in the 1950s, 1960s, and much of the 1970s. Two things shaped that media landscape: outlet scarcity and the so-called Fairness Doctrine. Each served journalists generally left-leaning agenda well...
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I thought Matt gave it pretty good play.
Paul Harvey was class
PLEASE CALL ABC TALK RADIO’S NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT (212) 613-3804 AND ASK/DEMAND THAT BOB GRANT BE PUT BACK ON THE AIR. (her name is Lori “Cantillo” or something similiar sounding)
AND/OR E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Harvey was always interesting. I didn’t always agree with him tho I did probably 90% of the time. A truly great one, maybe the best ever.
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