If you want to attend a taping of the Fox News program Hannity today, you'll have to pay the Cincinnati Tea Party $5 to $100.
Going beyond just promoting the Tea Party movement, Fox News is apparently allowing host Sean Hannity to tape his Thursday show at the Cincinnati Tea Party's (CTP) 2010 Tax Day Tea Party, which requires paid tickets. The event, held at the University of Cincinnati, will feature a "Taping of Sean Hannity's Fox News Show," a "Hannity Book Signing," and speeches from local Ohio figures. According to a CTP promotional flier, "All proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Tea Party."
CTP is selling more expensive tickets by promising better viewing of Hannity's Fox News program. For instance, CTP offers "premium reserved seating by the Hannity show" for $20; VIP seats, which include a "Floor ticket to event and dinner at the UC restaurant overlooking the arena!" for $100; and general admission seating for $5. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported today that the $20 premium seats give you "a chance to be on TV" and added that organizers "expect a sold-out crowd" of 13,000.
CTP's promotional flier
Hannity has repeatedly used his Fox News program to promote and help sell tickets to his CTP event. In the past week specifically, Hannity has noted his stop in Cincinnati and encouraged viewers to be a "part of the studio audience" by finding more information on his personal website, which contains a link to the UC box office.
Read full Media Matters post here.