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Calvin Freiburger

Hannity Pulled from Tax Day Tea Party

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Posted on April 16 2010 3:51 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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After I blogged about Sean Hannity’s planned participation in Cincinnati’s Tax Day Tea Party yesterday, Fox News decided to pull Hannity from the event:

Fox News said the Hannity appearance was canceled over admission fees charged by organizers, and the conservative host returned to New York instead of taping his television show at the rally.

“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,” Bill Shine, Fox News executive vice president for programming, said in a statement.

Tea party organizers announced to the crowd Thursday evening that Hannity had a “personal emergency.” Cincinnati Tea Party spokesman Justin Binik-Thomas later said organizers were getting conflicting information on the reason. He said admission fees that started at $5 were meant to cover the event’s costs and the party wouldn’t even break even.

It seems odd that Fox wouldn’t have made admission details perfectly clear beforehand, but it seems even stranger that they’d kowtow to left-wing pressure, either.  Whatever the reason, hopefully Hannity will comment on the conflict tonight.  Stay tuned for further updates.

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