“If I Were The Devil” by Paul Harvey-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

A piece of prose about the state of man, the world, and the United States said to have been written by Paul Harvey.

The Truth:

According to WorldNetDaily(WND), this was written by Paul Harvey and copyrighted by WorldNetDaily in 1999.   An updated article was posted on WND on September 3, 2012. There are several versions of this commentary, according to the article.

We found a recording of Harvey’s commentary in a  March 23, 2012 Fox Nation article, which contained a link to the popular media sharing site, YouTube.  The Fox article said that it aired on the ABC radio network on April 3, 1965.


updated 9/24/12

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

By Paul Harvey

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s
effort, instead of God’s blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of
the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent
machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that life of animals are
valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was
grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I
would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the
minds of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack then family, the backbone of any nation. I would make
divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so
does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and
movies screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their
lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who
call themselves authorities and refer to their agendas as politically

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, the
Bible is for the naive:

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is
not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;