Last night Glenn Reynolds posted this little tidbit about Fox pulling the plug on Hannity’s show from the Cincinnati Tea Party:
ANOTHER UPDATE: The Cincinnati Tea Party folks tell me that they had no deal with Hannity — he had a deal with the University of Cincinnati, and they had a deal with the University of Cincinnati, but there was no deal between them.
As I said last night, the University of Cincinnati is a publically funded university and to think that they would be actually involved in such a political event raises serious ethical and legal questions. When political type appearances are scheduled at public universities, they are done so under the organization of the universities student political bodies.
It also appears that Reynolds story contradicts what the CTP organizers are saying:
"[O]ur tea party people coordinated with his staff to plan the logistics of the event." On April 13, Media Matters emailed the Cincinnati Tea Party and asked if Hannity was being compensated for his appearance and if the organization worked "with Mr. Hannity's Fox News staff." CTP communications manager Sue White replied: "Mr. Hannity is not being compensated by any tea party, but our tea party people coordinated with his staff to plan the logistics of the event."