Journalists are like most of us, some are better at their jobs than others,
and some work for companies that are less scrupulous than others. That's
why I think it's important to get news from a wide range of sources, that
way you have at least a chance of figuring out what might have happened,
maybe. But for sure you shouldn't put any faith at all in somebody who
doesn't mind using urban myths in his broadcasts for their amusement value
without bothering to admit it.
No sir, that dog won't hunt. If I tell you a story that is pure
fabrication, never really happened, but I present it as factual, how does
that qualify as "commentary?" Or if I tell you a story based on a real
incident but with important facts left out in a way that misleads you as to
what really happened, again, how does that qualify as "commentary?"
Hey, it's your dime, if you enjoyed this cracker-barrel philosopher then by
all means order the series of PH CDs that are probably already being
prepared for market (if they aren't already available). But maybe try to
remember in between chuckles that some of what you're hearing never really
happened, some writer cooked it up and sold it the Harvey organization, it's
fiction. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy it, just don't be so foolish as to
Despite your protestations that you bear him no ill will, you sure appear to
be going to the extra effort to prove him less a person than what many
believe. Or, is it just the argument itself that prompts you?
:> prepared for market (if they aren't already available). But maybe try to:> remember in between chuckles that some of what you're hearing never really:> happened, some writer cooked it up and sold it the Harvey organization,
:> fiction. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy it, just don't be so foolish as to:> believe it.
: Despite your protestations that you bear him no ill will, you sure appear to
: be going to the extra effort to prove him less a person than what many
Some people (I'm one of them) get annoyed when someone is held up as a
hero and an icon of character, when they're actually a huckster
(Jerry Lewis is another example). YMMV.
He presented many, many incorrect stories as fact, and a lot
of people -- I suspect most of his fans -- never thought to question
their veracity. The stories may have been harmless, but some people
care that a major radio personality was taken as presenting truthful behind
the scenes stuff as whole truth when a lot of what he said was wrong.
As in made up, urban legends, nonsense.
-- Andy Barss
It cracks me up that simply noting that Harvey sometimes used material that
was fictional has some of you guys waving torches and pitchforks. Look, if
you enjoyed his work, great, buy the whole collection on CD and listen to it
all over again. But if it upsets your digestion to know that Harvey used
fabricated stories on occasion, and was also know to take liberties with the
facts to suit his point of view, then I recommend you avoid web searches on
the subject because you might find specific examples where journalists
checked into some of his stories and found they were, shall we say,
factually challenged. Me, there are lots of people I admire despite their
character flaws, I'm not looking for heroes to put on pedestals, but you
On my last job I demand my lunch hour to start a 11:30 so I could sit
in my car and hear him on the radio.I did that for many years. After I
retired three years ago ,I didn't take the time to listen anymore ,now
it's to late . Some times you just loose out on the good stuff.
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