Congressman Erupts at Sean Hannity Over 'Yellow Journalism'

Paul Bond
The Hollywood Reporter
Congressman Erupts at Sean Hannity Over 'Yellow Journalism'

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison excoriated Sean Hannity for engaging in "yellow journalism" on Tuesday night and calling the Fox News Channel host "the worst excuse for a journalist I've ever seen."

And that was just in the first 20 seconds after Ellison was introduced.

Ellison was there to discuss the “sequester,” the looming budget cuts that could go into effect absent a deal between Republicans and Democrats, and the Congressman was reacting to Hannity’s three-minute introduction of the segment.

After showing President Barack Obama making a series of statements about scary things that could happen if the Federal budget is cut, overlaid with Carmina Burana – better known as the ominous music from The Omen film – Ellison exploded at Hannity.

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"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 asked.

The pair continued to spar throughout the nine-minute segment, and at one point Hannity ceded the floor to Ellison for a lengthy amount of time.

"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 shot back.

Ellison told Hannity toward the end, "You are immoral."

Shortly after that, Hannity said: "Congressman, you are a total waste of time. I'm moving on, because our audience deserves better."


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