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Fox pulls Hannity from tea-party rally
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 15, 2010

Posted on 04/15/2010 7:03:26 PM PDT by Man50D

Edited on 04/15/2010 7:04:27 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Angry Fox News executives reportedly ordered Sean Hannity to abandon plans, announced as late as this afternoon on his nationally syndicated radio program, to broadcast his TV show from a Cincinnati tea-party rally he was headlining.

Hannity, on a book tour for his No. 1 best-seller "Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda," was scheduled to be the featured speaker at a four-hour rally at the University of Cincinnati with as many as 13,000 in attendance. Proceeds from the event were to benefit a local tea-party organization.


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1 posted on 04/15/2010 7:03:26 PM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

Yet another reason why I don’t watch Foxnews.


2 posted on 04/15/2010 7:04:54 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (Let us not get bogged down in the small squabbles; Let us get caught up in the big ideas. Palin '12)
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To: Man50D

Sean, Sean, Sean....


3 posted on 04/15/2010 7:05:09 PM PDT by devane617 (VOTE THEM OUT! ALL OF THEM!)
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To: Man50D

Angry over what ???

Hannity’s shows from these events are always great...

his radio shows go of very well...


4 posted on 04/15/2010 7:06:56 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Man50D

Hanity is not a reporter but a news commentator and opinion guy. That said he is using his employer to promote a political cause on their dime. And, Murdoch is right to say that a news org. should not be supporting any party.

Can’t whine when MSNBC does stuff like this and then justify it when Fox people do it.


5 posted on 04/15/2010 7:08:36 PM PDT by misterrob (Have you tea bagged a liberal today?)
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To: Man50D

Did Rupert Murdoch’s liberal/moderate son who seems to be trying to make Fox News more liberal, make this decision?


6 posted on 04/15/2010 7:09:52 PM PDT by Ballygrl
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To: Ballygrl

I guess Fox doesn’t want to give their viewers WHAT THEY WANT. Sound familiar, Obama with the health care plan?


7 posted on 04/15/2010 7:11:45 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Ballygrl

Preparing to promote a RINO to lose to Obama in 2012.


8 posted on 04/15/2010 7:13:08 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: screaminsunshine; All

FOX isn’t a friend of the Right. Never have been.

But as a business, they find a LOT of money in Sean. The moment he stops making them money, he’ll be out faster than anything.

You see, the right media LOVES their little darling money-leaking (Hemorraging) Couric. But the moment the right-wing stops selling ad time - They’re gone.


9 posted on 04/15/2010 7:15:29 PM PDT by Celerity
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To: misterrob
And, Murdoch is right to say that a news org. should not be supporting any party.

Is this rally actually affiliated with any actual political party?

Or is this rally really just a gathering of people who are disaffected from either party?

10 posted on 04/15/2010 7:16:41 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (There's one in every crowd...would that someone please raise his hand to save us all some time?)
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To: Man50D
"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."

They were charging an immense $5.00 - $20.00 for admission to the audience for Hannity's show. And, Hannity was using the Tea Party organization to boost his show, just as the TP wanted to make a small profit.

Fox has really become worried someone else might make a dollar. Did it occur to them that Hannity's broadcasting from these Tea Party events might increase rating over a regular show? I bet it does. I watched most of the one from Atlanta and I rarely watch Hannity's show, though I do listen to his radio show fairly often.

And Fox has been dogged in trying to shut down all the internet rebroadcasts of Fox News, and their charging for the WSJ online again. They're going for every nickel, but whether their strategy will achieve the result they want is doubtful.

11 posted on 04/15/2010 7:18:37 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Eagle Eye

They call themselves the Tea Party. They may not fit the bill as a corrupt establishment crew like the DNC or RNC but they are more than just a movement. Fox also wasn’t cool with the fundraiser aspect.


12 posted on 04/15/2010 7:18:54 PM PDT by misterrob (Have you tea bagged a liberal today?)
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This made the Execs mad, because the Tea Party and Hannity were making money off of a product of Fox News. I don’t think it would have showed any bias if they allowed it. Hannity is an opinion show, and Fox wasn’t making any money off of it, the Tea Party was.


13 posted on 04/15/2010 7:20:18 PM PDT by Politics4US
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To: misterrob
Sould not be using his employer to promote a political cause on their dime???

He does it every night, what's the dif?

14 posted on 04/15/2010 7:20:46 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: misterrob

Fox IMO lost money tonight, when I found out about this I didn’t even put Sean on, how many others are like me?

CBS News has the biased Katie Couric and the biased 60 Minutes, except for a few shows Fox News is pretty fair and balanced, there’s leeway for Sean to do a show from the Tea Party, it doesn’t reflect on Fox News because we know what kind of show Sean does.


15 posted on 04/15/2010 7:21:16 PM PDT by Ballygrl
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To: Man50D

Hannity doesn’t need Fox News any longer. He has other options.


16 posted on 04/15/2010 7:24:19 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Man50D

Don’t think this actually happened. He did seem to be broadcasting live from the event. Seems that many here are jumping to conclusions. Would be happy to be proven otherwise.


17 posted on 04/15/2010 7:26:36 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Man50D

Sounds to me like the sort of thing Fox wouldn’t do unless they thought it would give an opening for the current administration to treat them differently—either not as a news organization or in challenge to their license.


18 posted on 04/15/2010 7:27:23 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Deagle
Don’t think this actually happened. He did seem to be broadcasting live from the event.

I watched part of his show tonight. He was in studio.
19 posted on 04/15/2010 7:29:06 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D; All

From deeper in the story:

Last week, News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch said before a Washington, D.C. crowd that Fox News should not be supporting the movement.


Obviously the disconnect is with Rupert Murdoch, not Sean Hannity.

Rupert obviously fears the Fairness Doctrine more than low ratings, like CNN's and MSNBC's.


Rupert ... in business as you should well know, it’s important to be able to correctly distinguish between your friends, your enemies ... and your AUDIENCE.

Congratulations on alienating the mainstream
who make up the majority of your viewing audience.



20 posted on 04/15/2010 7:29:39 PM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: Man50D

This entire episode comes off as knee-jerk and an overreaction. Hannity has been talking about this for several days or weeks, up until this afternoon as the article says. If this is a new policy, they could have let this one go ahead, then instituted their new policy for the future.

Fox has acted peculiar and out-of-character often in recent months. Their increased ratings might not be because they are so great, but because their competition has been so shamelessly in-the-tank for Obama for three or more years. Things could shift in other directions in the future.


21 posted on 04/15/2010 7:31:28 PM PDT by Will88
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To: misterrob
"Hanity is not a reporter but a news commentator and opinion guy. That said he is using his employer to promote a political cause on their dime. And, Murdoch is right to say that a news org. should not be supporting any party."

OK but Glenn Beck already did this gig last year. So why all of the sudden did FOX change its mind on such?

22 posted on 04/15/2010 7:32:18 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Man50D

Did not seem like it to me - but you may be right. If that is really the case, I will dis Fox News all the way. I thought that he was doing interactive interviews but may have been watching earlier FOX shows. Am really disappointed in FOX News if that is the case. All we need is another liberal news group...geez.


23 posted on 04/15/2010 7:33:15 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: misterrob

bttt


24 posted on 04/15/2010 7:34:02 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Man50D

Fox News made the absolute correct decision here if a political movement of ANY flavor was charging to profit from a broadcast of their programming, not as an advertiser, they absolutely had to put a halt to it.


25 posted on 04/15/2010 7:34:51 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Vote Conservative.)
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To: Will88

Sure hope you’re not right... If that turns out to be true, FOX is sure to become just another News outlet - sinking in ratings and becoming just another liberal outlet...


26 posted on 04/15/2010 7:35:59 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: caper gal 1

What the heck are you talking about?


27 posted on 04/15/2010 7:37:27 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: SoldierDad
Hannity doesn’t need Fox News any longer. He has other options.

If Hannity would suddenly find himself employed by a proposed EIB-TV network, and was aired at 8pm EST during Bill O'Whatshisname, I would watch Hannity and I am sure that a whole lot of others would too!

Bottom line is you are right. FOX needs Hannity a whole lot more than Hannity needs FOX - and he ought to push the issue.

28 posted on 04/15/2010 7:38:41 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: eeriegeno

Exactly right.


29 posted on 04/15/2010 7:40:22 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Man50D
I'll wait to hear what Sean has to say on radio tomorrow, but I have a great urge to become a former Fox viewer right now.
If they want to become regular MSM, I have no use for them anymore and I don't think I'll be the only one.
30 posted on 04/15/2010 7:41:21 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: Man50D
Hannity was scheduled to be the featured speaker at a four-hour rally at the University of Cincinnati – with as many as 13,000 in attendance. Proceeds from the event were to benefit a local tea-party organization.

Several interesting questions there. I doubt the U of C was allowing use of their facility for free, some place that would hold 13,000. Who was to pay for the expenses of the event? Wonder if anyone will lose financially as a result of the last minute change, which was not the fault of the organizers of the event.

And, a four hour event, not just the Hannity show broadcast. And I bet Willie Cunningham was there.

31 posted on 04/15/2010 7:43:49 PM PDT by Will88
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I was wondering what happened. I listened to Hannity’s radio show and they were announcing that on the tv show tonight he would be live from Ohio with a crowd of 10000 people. I was really looking forward to it.

Fox screwed up on this one. Is there somewhere we can email our displeasure?


32 posted on 04/15/2010 7:44:28 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (President Bush will go down as one of our greatest presidents (next to Ronald Reagan))
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To: Deagle

Fox News is first and foremost a news organization. They cannot have a paying audience for a show which broadcasts not just opinions but news as well as does Sean’s. They can’t be seen as profiting from and catering to a specific political constituency and still hope to hold any credibility as a legitimate news organization.


33 posted on 04/15/2010 7:44:40 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Vote Conservative.)
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To: caper gal 1

five dollars is a huge profit.


34 posted on 04/15/2010 7:47:51 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: caper gal 1

Since when does FOX pay any audience for their participation? Maybe you have the wrong idea here...

They promote their show by their audience - and today at least it is a more conservative one. Now, if you don’t like that, I understand - watch another show...

To say the the Tea Party is paying them is such a stretch! I’m absolutely sure that Sean does not get a penny from them and neither does FOX. So just where is the money changing hands here?

And yes, they DO cater to a specific political group - those that are NOT represented by the MSM.


35 posted on 04/15/2010 7:49:45 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Man50D

From Atlanta...

Glad to have Cavuto today!

Thankful Hannity was NOT here, and I would never allow him to attend any Tea Party I ever organized..EVER...

ya’ll just have no idea what Sean is really like......I have more respect for Juan Williams than Hannity...


36 posted on 04/15/2010 7:51:24 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative

That sir, is just a plain stupid remark!


37 posted on 04/15/2010 7:52:15 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Will88

I seem to remember seeing Beck at a large tea party on 9-12-09....what is the difference?


38 posted on 04/15/2010 7:53:31 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: Deagle

I am not a sir....and you have never had to work with Hannity...so know who has their stupid showing?

I didn’t say I AGREE with Juan, I said I RESPECT him, because as mislead as he is, he has more honesty and integrity in him than Hannity does.....


39 posted on 04/15/2010 7:55:39 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: tuckrdout

Obviously, FOX must have been Conservative then...now that they are moving to the mainstream (ie. liberal bent), they have to watch their actions and question their motives...


40 posted on 04/15/2010 7:56:31 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: eeevil conservative

Well, then give us your reasons - I assume that you have worked with him. What are his problems?


41 posted on 04/15/2010 7:58:04 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: eeevil conservative; holdonnow; SoCalPol; CAluvdubya; Fudd Fan

Glad to have Cavuto today!

Thankful Hannity was NOT here, and I would never allow him to attend any Tea Party I ever organized..EVER...

ya’ll just have no idea what Sean is really like......I have more respect for Juan Williams than Hannity...

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I think the world of Neil Cavuto, but what’s this about having more respect for Juan Williams than Sean Hannity?

Did you organize Atlanta’s Tea Party today?

What is it we don’t know about Sean Hannity that you know?


42 posted on 04/15/2010 7:59:09 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Deagle

Fox News became aware that a local tea party organization was charging a fee for proximity to the taping.


43 posted on 04/15/2010 8:05:30 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Vote Conservative.)
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To: onyx

I did not organize the rally today...

I was a speaker this year and last year...

however, I was the GA State Coordinator for the Tax Day Tea Parties last year. I was well aware of all the drama and problems caused last year by Hannity along with a few of his friends here in the state.....the gals that organized last years rally pulled off a MIRACLE! This years rally went MUCH smoother and did not turn into a stress fest....


44 posted on 04/15/2010 8:06:47 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative

why don’t you tell us ....anonymous internet voice....lol


45 posted on 04/15/2010 8:08:59 PM PDT by chevydude26
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To: eeevil conservative

You need to back that statement up or else you’ll look like another whiny, jealous radio wannabe sucking sour grapes.


46 posted on 04/15/2010 8:09:37 PM PDT by pgkdan (I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: eeevil conservative
I was well aware of all the drama and problems caused last year by Hannity along with a few of his friends here in the state

Why don't you expand on that and enlighten the rest of us with details.

47 posted on 04/15/2010 8:10:57 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: eeevil conservative

You could do a lot of good if you do expound on your reasons for disliking Hannity and his group. It is not enough to say he caused problems... let us know the specifics and we can make up our own minds. So what is it that you know that we don’t?


48 posted on 04/15/2010 8:11:26 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Steve Van Doorn

It’s not about profits, it’s about credibility. Fox News is in the cross hairs of all the other MSM and they have to perform to a higher standard which means they cannot afford ANY possible breach of journalistic professionalism, and to have one of their top rated shows, which I reiterate broadcasts not just opinion but news, opens itself to criticism that it caters to a “paying audience” and this is simply unacceptable. It would be journalistic suicide.


49 posted on 04/15/2010 8:11:28 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Vote Conservative.)
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To: tuckrdout
I seem to remember seeing Beck at a large tea party on 9-12-09....what is the difference?

Some Fox executives say they didn't like that fact that an admission was to be charged to the four hour event (Hannity just part of it). The admission was only $5 to $20, probably to cover expenses and a little profit for the organizers.

Maybe nothing was charged at the Beck event, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see other changes and restrictions at Fox in the future. Lots of odd occurrences around Fox in the past few months.

50 posted on 04/15/2010 8:12:20 PM PDT by Will88
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