Hannity’s Tea Party Promoting, $20 Tickets Even Too Sleazy for Fox News

April 15, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News was asked last week how he could defend his network’s blatant promotion of the tea party movement. And he responded somewhat befuddled, saying that shouldn’t be happening and he planned to investigate the issue. Apparently he hasn’t been watching his own network this past year and a half. The progressive watchdog group, Media Matters helpfully provided Murdoch with a lengthy list of multiple instances of Fox News heavily promoting and providing free publicity for tea party events. But Sean Hannity’s plan this week to broadcast Thursday night’s show, while headlining a tea party event, in which tickets were sold for $20.00 to benefit the Cincinnati Tea Party, was beyond the pale even by Fox News’ low standards. According to the LA Times, furious Fox executives ordered Hannity back home to broadcast his show from his studio.

The LA Times reported that Hannity’s superiors were furious when they learned of his sleazy plans:

“Fox News never agreed to allow the Cincinnati Tea Party organizers to use Sean Hannity’s television program to profit from broadcasting his show from the event,” said Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming. “When senior executives in New York were made aware of this, we changed our plans for tonight’s show.”

But Hannity’s plan to sell tickets was reported by Media Matters earlier in the week, and he promoted the event on his Fox News Web site:

“Rally organizers had listed Hannity, who is on a book tour, as the headliner of the four-hour Tax Day event at the University of Cincinnati. The rally, expected to draw as many as 13,000 people, was set feature speakers such as “Liberal Facism” author Jonah Goldberg and local Tea Party leaders. Participants were being charged a minimum of $5, with seats near Hannity’s set going for $20,according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which reported that any profits would go to future Tea Party events. Media Matters for America noted that Hannity’s personal website directed supporters to a link to buy tickets for the Cincinnati rally.”


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