In covering this year’s campaign season, Fox News pundit Sean Hannity has converted his news programs into an RNC fundraiser. Indeed, GOP candidates like Sharron Angle (R-NV), John Kasich (R-OH), and Christine O’Donnell (R-DE) keep Hannity in their “back pocket” as a lucrative fundraising tool.
Last Friday, another GOP candidate flocked to Hannity for a fundraising opportunity: California senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R). Appearing on Hannity’s tv show, Fiorina converted a softball question into an opportunity to mention her campaign website – twice:
HANNITY: What was interesting for the president of (INAUDIBLE), Nancy Keating, actually said that if you win it would be like having Sarah Palin representing California. So is that an attempt to demonize you or is that a compliment by comparing you to Sarah Palin?
FIORINA: Well, I guess it depends who you listen to. I’m quite complimented. But look, here’s the thing. Barbara Boxer, imagine this. Imagine being in Washington, D.C. for 28 years and having nothing to talk about in terms of your accomplishments on behalf of the people of California. She has nothing to say.
People can help us out by going to CarlyforCalifornia.com. We can win this race. It is ours to lose now. Think about what an incredible symbol and signal it would be to Washington, D.C. if we were to unseat one of the most bitterly partisan, liberal, career politicians in Washington, D.C.
HANNITY: Now you are fighting back…
In allowing candidates like Fiorina to openly advertise on his show, Hannity certainly “crosses the line as to what’s acceptable for any news organization.” But, in considering Hannity’s donation to frequent guest Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) campaign, his keynote address to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual fundraiser, and his single-handed creation of John Gomez’s (R-NY) candidacy for Congress, perhaps it is unfair to hold Hannity to the objective news standard. After all, his network has shrugged off the “fair and balanced” motto to tout the GOP this campaign season. And, after the RNC specifically asked donors to buy Hannity’s book, maybe he is just returning the favor.