Friday, April 16, 2010

Sean Hannity pulled from Cincinnati Tea Party event by Fox News execs

Fox News canceled Sean Hannity’s broadcast from the Cincinnati Tea Party after it learned that the Tea Party organizers were charging admission. Even though the party organizers were not profiting from the event, the Fox execs still ordered Hannity back to the NY studio.
From the LA Times:  Angry Fox News executives ordered host Sean Hannity to abandon plans to broadcast his nightly show as part of a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati on Thursday after top executives learned that he was set to headline the event, proceeds from which would benefit the local Tea Party organization.
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.
But senior Fox News executives said they were not aware Hannity was being billed as the centerpiece of the event or that Tea Party organizers were charging for admission to Hannity’s show as part of the rally. They first learned of it Thursday morning from John Finley, Hannity's executive producer, who was in Cincinnati to produce Hannity's show.
Furious, top officials recalled Hannity back to New York to do his show in his regular studio. The network plans to do an extensive post-mortem about the incident with Finley and Hannity's staff.
“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.”
This seems like one of those deals where a little bit more communication could have gone a long way. Shame on the Fox execs, Sean Hannity is one of their biggest personalities. As such, how is it possible they could send him anywhere without full knowledge of ever single detail? I think what happened is that the Fox execs, were too concerned about looking like they are coordinating with the Tea Parties. If this is the case, they are beyond foolish. The left will call Fox shills for Republicans no matter what they do, so why give a hoot.

I have a feeling we may be hearing more of this story. 
There is further details at Hot Air Pundit  and Instapundit.


Just a conservative girl said...

I normally agree with most of your opinions. In this case, Fox was right. It doesn't really matter what the left says. As you correctly point out, they are going to say it anyway - but they have a huge middle of the road audience now, and WE need them to keep that audience. It wouldn't look right if he were there and money was being paid. It would put them in a position to look like someother stations that are paying for interviews and the like. Yes Hannity is commentary, but Fox needs to be seen as fair to the middle of the road people in the country.

spc said...

Personally, I think Fox would do good to be rid of Hannity. He is a "shill" and nothing more. He lacks the intellectual capacity to handle the more difficult debate (an area someone like Medved would command) and then comes across, even to conservatives like myself, as petty and equally guilty mud slinging. I think those times have passed us and the future of conservatism depends on our ability to have "leaders" that remain commanding of issues while being open to debate. As an example, I would use GB who arrived as the "Bulldog" we need at the moment. There is a conservative for every cause. SH can stick to the radio (much like where Savage has been quarantined), lets find someone more mainstream, but equally fierce for our more public representation (given FNC numbers and viewership we have to consider that harsh partisan-ship is not mainstream unless Obama continues to screw the people).

Clifton B said...


You make a good point about the middle. Although I tend to think that they have already bought into the meme that Fox is a right wing news organization.

Clifton B said...


He lacks the intellectual capacity to handle the more difficult debate (an area someone like Medved would command) and then comes across, even to conservatives like myself, as petty and equally guilty mud slinging.

We are totally on the same page with this thought. I have often thought of Hannity as a yapping dog. Yapping the same tired point to death. He doesn't carry the intellectual heft to parry and thrust with an argument. All he can do is repeat, repeat, repeat.

Glenn Beck, Rush, Mark Levin,and Laura Ingram all understand the fullness of conservative thought and thus can defeat liberal arguments from every angle.

Anonymous said...

He's right on! The vice president, like the president, is a leader. Loons on the left can not grasp the concept. They prefer to be governed by polls. What The F**k? is apt for the left's understanding of the word conviction...and most likely follows "Duh..."

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