Conservative radio and television talk show host Sean Hannity was blasted by Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota on his television show on Tuesday, according to Fox from which Hannity's show is derived.
Hannity opened the segment showing President Barack Obama speaking on video about the sequester in Obama’s own words. When Rep. Ellison was put on the program via satellite, he opened his comments by saying to Hannity:
Quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen.
When Hannity said he couldn’t hear the congressman’s remark, Ellison said, “You heard me.”
Though the congressman was supposed to be on the program to have a discussion about President Barack Obama’s recent comments regarding the impending sequester which will occur on Friday of this week if Congress does not come to an agreement, there was no discussion. The congressman continued to speak in a raised and angered voice in criticizing Hannity while defending President Barack Obama’s remarks.
After approximately three minutes of being allowed to rant, Hannity attempted to ask Ellison a question and was not allowed to finish the question as the congressman continued to rant over the situation.
Hannity’s comment - in which he stated that the president is more concerned with fear-mongering than finding a solution to the problem he created – is what apparently fired up the pro-Obama Democrat in congress. Ellison went as far as to accuse Hannity of practicing “yellow journalism” which is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news.
Ellison went on to assert that “every journalistic ethic I’ve ever heard of was just violated by you.” He continued by saying that for Hannity to blame Obama for the sequester is ridiculous. At the point when Ellison said that the conservative talk show host is a “shill” for the Republican Party, Hannity corrected him by saying that he is not a registered Republican but is a registered conservative.
When ending the debacle, Hannity said, “Congressman, you are a total waste of time. We’re moving on because our audience deserves better.”