Paul Harvey’s Attempted Hoax Was Beginning of Beautiful Friendship

An enterprising Washington Post report by Joe Stephens (1/23/10) uses the Freedom Of Information Act to uncover the close and creepy relationship between folksy far-right broadcaster Paul Harvey and longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. The documents Stephens uncovered show Harvey as just the kind of journalist that Hoover liked: sycophantic (“If the Republic has survived, history will record that it was largely due to your vigilance”) and servile (“For a number of years, you have been kind enough to send me your daily copy,” an assistant FBI director noted to Harvey in 1957). On its side, the Bureau appeared […]