Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) clashed with Fox News television host Sean Hannity on February 26 in a live interview. Ellison, a liberal Democrat, condemned the host as the "worst excuse for a journalist I've ever seen" and a "shill for the Republican Party." Hannity is known for his conservative views.
Ellison was invited to the show to defend President Barack Obama's views on the coming federal budget sequester. Responding to Hannity, who said of Obama "The president is more concerned with fearmongering than finding a solution to the problem he created," launched a zinger. "Quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I have ever seen," When Hannity said he had not heard the congressman's remarks, Ellison said "You heard me."
Ellison then accused Hannity of "yellow journalism."
"Every journalistic ethic I've ever heard of was just violated by you," said the Minnesota congressman. "For you to say the president is to blame here is ridiculous."
In response to being characterized by Ellison as a "shill" for the GOP, Hannity said "I'm a registered conservative," and "Keep ranting."
When Ellison ended his fusilade, Hannity eventually ended the interview. "Congressman, you are a total waste of time," Hannity said. "We're moving on, because our audience deserves better."
Congressman Ellison originally hails from Michigan and attended the prestigious University of Detroit high school, a Catholic institution. No longer a Catholic, the Congressman is now a Muslim. He is the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first black American to represent Minnesota in that body.