Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, attacked Fox News conservative host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening, calling him an “immoral” liar and a sorry excuse for a journalist who furthers “yellow journalism.”
Mr. Hannity is known as a talk-show host, rather than journalist, of conservative ideology.
The segment focused on the nation’s debt escalation under President Obama, according to the Fox News broadcast. Mr. Hannity said national debt under Mr. Obama had grown by $6 trillion, and he questioned whether this was moral or not. Mr. Ellison protested, according to The Blaze.
“To try to say that is the president’s fault and he is to blame is wrong, and it’s a lie,” the congressman said, according to a report in The Blaze.
At points during the interview, Mr. Ellison called Mr. Hannity “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen,” a “shill for the Republican Party,” an “immoral” liar and a practitioner of “yellow journalism,” The Blaze reported.
Mr. Hannity finally was forced to end the interview.
“Congressman, you are a total waste of time,” he said on Fox News. “I’m moving on because our audience deserves better.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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