If you don't follow politics, you may not know what happened between on the Hannity program between host Sean Hannity and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on FoxNews. If you're a FoxNews viewer, you probably saw this as Hannity interviewing someone having a nervous breakdown right before your eyes. If you're a fan of MSNBC, you probably just saw Hannity finally getting his due. Admittedly, I don't watch FoxNews (or MSNBC) because I don't care for their "journalism," but it almost seemed like they went into this interview expecting a fight. I have half a mind to call this a PR stunt.
Hannity is a tool...for the Republican party. He can play semantics and call himself a Conservative, but Ellison is right when he says that he carries the banner of the Republican party on his TV and radio shows. I've watched, I've listened, and it's pretty obvious. There's nothing that says that Hannity can't be exactly what he is -- I don't see why he doesn't proudly admit it. It's not like anyone at FoxNews is fooling anyone with their objectivity. It's not really there for most programs.
When it comes to Hannity, I'm used to him saying things that are at the very least, disappointing. I wasn't surprised that he was involved in an exchange like this -- but I was surprised to see what I saw from the Congressman, I know Rep. Ellison by name, and I'm pretty sure that I've seen him on TV before. Other than that, I don't really know too much about him. When I saw this, I felt like it was two children saying "neener-neener-neener" to each other in a sing-song voice.
I would remind Rep. Ellison that he is a United States Congressman. As such, he is expected to hold himself to a higher standard. Our members of congress have the privilege of serving the public, providing leadership and working for the people of their district. Their job is considering both ordinary and historic legislation, and their priority should be focused on maintaining the integrity of the institution. An institution that unlike most others, it has seen the very best our country has had to offer. The footsteps of history echo through its chambers.
If you want to see why cable news sucks, click play on exhibit A.