Sean Hannity Pulled from Cincinnati Tea Party

Sean Hannity has been pulled from the Cincinnati Tea Party tonight by Fox News.  Early reports were that Hannity had to leave for a personal emergency. Later, news started coming out that Fox News executives ordered Hannity to withdraw from the event. Hannity was reported leaving the University of Cincinnati campus prior to a scheduled book signing event.

Fox News executives are reportedly upset that the Cincinnati Tea party was potentially profiting from Hannity’s planned appearance, having nearly sold out tickets for the scheduled April 15th, 2010 event at Fifth Third Arena (which seats around 13,000) at the University of Cincinnati. Tickets for the event ranged from $5 to $20.  The Cincinnati Tea Party paid for the facility and had no expectations of turning a profit on the event but stated that any overage would be used for future Cincinnati Tea Party sponsored events.

I was hoping to have the opportunity to attend the event, but had scheduling issues. It will be intesting to see what Hannity says regarding this. I’d certainly have expected that Hannity would have taken another course of action (perhaps paying for the facility himself) had he expected a reaction such as this. When I was listening to his radio program this afternoon he sounded very upbeat and anxious to get to the arena for the event. It’s clearly not a decision made by him.

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Written by admin on April 15, 2010

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Moderates: Obama is Not Who We Thought

Moderates seem to be the latest group to discover that Obama was not who they thought. David Brooks entered an Op-Ed in the New York times giving his views on Obama and the direction that unchecked liberalism is taking the country.

While many moderates thought there were good ideas in the plans that Obama had to offer, they did not bank on an administration that refuses to set priorities. Instead of taking trade-offs and working to see bi-partisan solutions through, plans are being rammed through. The result? A budget that puts us in a $1 Trillion a year deficit with no end in sight.

If successful, this new agenda will result in a country further steeped in class envy and even more heavily dependent upon government than it already is. Our country has moved a long way from “Ask not what your country can do — ask what you can do for your country.” Instead we now go directly to the President and ask for him to personally help us. While personal responsibility has been ailing for some time, it seems to be truly dead now.

It seems this is not what moderates had in mind. The change the thought they would get is not the change Obama has been providing. Before anyone gets the impression that Brooks is an outlier, I will point out that Obama’s polling has been dropping rapidly. His approval index today is down to a +4 from a high of +30. Clearly there is some form of buyers remorse among moderates.

Hat tip to The Matthias Chronicles.

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Written by admin on March 20, 2009

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Time: 10 Questions for Bobby Jindal

Time Magazine’s 10 Questions series featured Bobby Jindal. While some of the questions were rather odd, such as “What do you think of comparisons following your speech between you and a character on 30 Rock, Kenneth the Page?”, there were a few decent questions in there, such as “What would your top priorities be for a stimulus package?”

Jindal has plenty of substance, but he needs to work on style.  We saw in the last election how much more style means than substance.  It seems apparent in the current political environment that what is said is not nearly as important as how it is delivered.

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Written by admin on March 6, 2009

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Fairness Doctrine Amendment

The Broadcaster Freedom Amendment offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to the D.C. Voting Rights Act was voted in overwhelmingly 87-11 (46 Democrats crossed over to vote with the Republicans). This amendment prevents the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

Here’s the catch… Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) added an amendment (which passed 57-41 with no Republican support) that instructs the FCC to take a proactive stance “to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership.” This is some broad language that could be interpreted in many ways.

DeMint anticipates some issues and commented “Sen. Durbin’s amendment exposed Democrat intentions to impose radio censorship through the back door using vague regulations dealing with media ownership.  Sen. Durbin’s language was so broad, it could apply beyond radio to television, newspapers and the internet. All eyes are now on the FCC.  If they attempt to shut down free speech indirectly, we will fight to stop them.”

Though the “Fairness Doctrine” may be stopped, it appears a back door method to media censorship could open up.

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Written by admin on February 27, 2009

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“Oh God” Muttered Before Jindal’s Response

Between Keith Olberman’s introduction and Jindal appearing on screen, someone on MSNBC muttered an “Oh God” that came over the mic.  I’m sure it must have been something totally unrelated to Jindal that resulted in the comment!

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Written by admin on February 25, 2009

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