Congressman calls Fox News personality the "worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen"


I do not get the chance to see Fox News all that often (as life is too short for that), so sometimes I miss gems like this.

Last night, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison was a guest on The Sean Hannity Show, hosted (obviously) by Sean Hannity. To say the two men got off on the wrong foot is putting it mildly. Within 30 seconds, we had conflict, as Ellison (who was there to discuss the sequester) was off-put by Hannity's long introduction to the segment and his use of President Barack Obama's comments, out of context (in Ellison's opinion).

"Quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen. It’s absurd," Ellison said. "What you just displayed was not journalism, it was yellow journalism. It wasn't anything close to telling the American people what's really going on. I mean, it’s just shocking."

"To play Obama in his own words is yellow journalism?" Hannity pressed the congressman.

Back and forth it went from there, with Hannity eventually giving Ellison a lengthy amount of time to say whatever he wanted. Which did not ease tensions.

"I gave you three minutes to rant. Calm down," Hannity said. "Why are you so angry … I’m laughing at you because I think, actually, this is comical."

"I'm laughing at you – and it’s not the first time," Ellison responded, later adding that, "You are immoral."

With the threat safely over, Hannity said that, "Congressman, you are a total waste of time. I'm moving on, because our audience deserves better."

Did you see the segment? What did you think?

- Sean Hannity
- FOX NEWS channel

Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 27th, 2013, 2:45 pm

Images courtesy of Fox News


Message Posted On Mar 2nd, 2013, 11:23 pm
I just watched the unplanned, spontaneous, reality TV news opera moment on YouTube. I couldn't call it an interview but it seemed to be some type of a hybrid of news and a soap opera episode. Looking at these two men, not as individuals but as the professions they represent, I couldn't drum up any sympathy for the politician who's job it is to invent / reinvent the truth to fit an agenda and a journalist who's job it is to spin the truth to fit an agenda and ratings. The journalist was condescending, derisive, and arrogant. The politician alternated between being defensive and offensive, argumentative, and not very well prepared. Neither brought anything to the table of interest or use. It appears, in a rare unplanned and spontaneous reality TV moment they both portrayed their true feelings about each others profession which, for a change, was actually refreshingly honest. This wasn't news. It was Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry" brought to the public by your friends at Fox News.

Message Posted On Feb 28th, 2013, 8:20 pm
Wake up, Mr. Ellison -- FOX has ENTERTAINERS, not journalists. That gives them the latitude to say just about anything they wish. The grandest mistake is that FOX's viewers actually believe this entertainment is truly "news" or "fair and balanced." That's like watching The Daily Show or SNL and believing that everything that's presented is true.

Message Posted On Feb 27th, 2013, 7:38 pm
Did Hannity's mom teach him manners about interrupting people. Hannity asks a question and before his guest has a chance to answer, the guest is interrupted. Just rude...

Message Posted On Feb 27th, 2013, 3:57 pm
I think that congressman was a loud mouth rude jerk. Wonder if the people that elected him saw that. I would be embarrassed if I had voted for him!
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