Sean Hannity, Keith Ellison star in latest Fox News argu-fest

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By Andrew Scoggin

A friend once told me that, while in college and at a Burger King late at night, a fellow (and drunk) journalism student he barely knew walked up to him and screamed “JOURNALISMMMM!!!”

What does that drunken story have to do with actual journalism? Nothing — and neither does the following tale.

Fox News found itself hosting yet another shouting match Tuesday night, this one involving host Sean Hannity and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). Hannity’s show had just finished a segment (set to some dire music) that essentially blamed President Obama for the sequester, and Ellison, who appeared directly after this, didn’t take kindly to that.

The following transcript, per Huffington Post, is an account of the start of the exchange:

HANNITY: I guess that’s what we can describe as staying on message, something the Democratic Party I would argue is very good at.

ELLISON: You’re pretty good at it too.

HANNITY: Thank you.

ELLISON: Quite frankly you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen.

HANNITY: I can’t hear you.

ELLISON: You heard me.

HANNITY: No, say it again. I didn’t hear you.

ELLISON: What you just displayed was not journalism, It was yellow journalism. It wasn’t anything close to trying to tell the American people what’s really going on, and I mean, it’s just shocking.

The two went on for six minutes, calling each other “a broken record,” before Hannity cut the interview short. So that happened.

I’m not really sure what to say about this without giving myself an ulcer. But judging from what Ellison said, some people out there operate under the assumption that people like Hannity are journalists.

That, as a person dedicated to journalism, makes me want to crawl into a hole and never come out. What makes Hannity any different than, say, a radio shock jock? Is he really all that informative?

For those out there who watch Fox News or anything else that features berating, bleating hosts — why do you? Staying informed can’t be it. Is it the entertainment? Then go watch the countless, actually good shows on TV. Or read a book. Or play video games. Or play with your dog. Or catch up with old friends. Or make new friends. (Or really anything else. Really.)

That said, none of this is particularly surprising. Odds are, Hannity-Ellison: Part Deux (they’ve done this before) will get a lot of attention, begetting more of this behavior from Hannity and other pundits.

In fact, I’m not helping by even writing about it. I’m just going to go ahead and stop typing.

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