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Grain-of-salt warning: Naturally the folks at the Daily News like to tweak Rupert Murdoch's Fox and NY Post as a matter of commercial competition. But in this case, there seems to be a genuine internal closeness-to-the-action issue in the intertwining of native-son-of-Nassau Sean Hannity's show with a tea party fundraiser. DN's Brian Kates wrote:

Conservative Fox News threw a big wet blanket on to talk show host Sean Hannity's plans to broadcast his show at a Tea Party tax rally in Cincinnati Thursday night. Top Fox News brass learned that Hannity's nightly show was turned into a fund-raising event by Tea Party organizers.

"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," executive vice president Bill Shine told the Los Angeles Times.

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"When senior executives in New York were made aware of this, we changed our plans for \[the\] show."

The details as reported are here.  The LA Times story is here. Just recently, some tea partyers in Suffolk have said they aren't happy with celeb Hannity's promotion of his friend John Gomez for Congress, although to be fair, local Republicans said privately they were wowed by Hannity's prestige and presence in face-to-face meetings on his childhood friend's behalf.