'Sean Hannity is Not a Legitimate Journalist': Letter to the Editor

One 5th District resident comes to the defense of her congressman, Keith Ellison, after a very talked about encounter with Fox's Sean Hannity last week.

Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Richfield resident Donna Connelly.


by D.G. Connelly

If anyone should be blamed for that contentious televised interview between Keith Ellison and Sean Hannity that aired last week (on Tuesday, Feb., 26th), it’s me -- Minnesota resident and voter in District #5.

Blame me, not my Congressman. For the past five years, I’ve been phoning his office and complaining about that oxymoron that is Fox News. I’ve been leaving him messages like, “We ought to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.” And, “Somebody should do something about Fox News because it’s not a real news network. It’s just 24/7 Republican propaganda. “Well, now Rep. Ellison has done something: he has refused to play along with the shell game Hannity keeps disguising as “interviews.”

Only on Fox News could an elected official who embodies vox populi vox Dei get demeaned as the stereotypical “angry black man.” That’s what Sean Hannity tried to do, anyway. He didn’t succeed, though, because Keith Ellison refused to defer to him and his emotionally loaded questions. Rep. Ellison wouldn’t go along to get along.

So what really took place during that interview last Tuesday? Better check it out yourself on YouTube if you want the truth. At this point in time, no one in the mainstream media seems to care about the truth from last week. Accuracy is just sooooo boring! Also, too much factual information can interfere with a good media spin or scandal, you know. Besides, it’s a lot easier to just make up stuff than it is to deal with stuff that actually happened.

As for those inaccurate reports about Ellison’s rants, explosive anger, and unworthy behavior, I can only lament, “FACT CHECK, ANYONE?”
You can say a lot of things about Keith Ellison, but you can never say he ignores the voice of his constituency. Like a good public servant, Rep. Ellison was merely working for The People. And The People in his district do not want him to put up with Fox’s smears and Hannity’s b.s. any longer. Enough, already!

According to Hannity’s defenders, they tuned in for a fight, and an interview broke out. They subjectively decided Ellison was angry because of Hannity’s classic PSYCH 101 retort, “Why are you so angry?” -- a remark specifically designed to irk whoever is being questioned. Thoughout the exchange, however, Ellison’s so-called anger remained properly and appropriately contained. He stayed temperate enough, in fact, to channel contained emotion into reasonable responses. Calling Hannity “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen” didn’t denote explosive fury on Ellison’s part.

No, my congressman was merely voicing what I, along with other constituents, have been continually telling him: Fox News is NOT a legitimate news organization, just as Sean Hannity is NOT a legitimate journalist.

The most striking thing about this incident isn’t Rep. Ellison’s behavior. It’s that so many players in so many media outlets blindly rushed to Hannity’s defense.
Respectable journalists and wise-ass DJ’s alike claimed Hannity as one of their own. They embraced him as a member of their extended news family. They even portrayed him as a thwarted truthseeker filled with purpose and integrity. (Talk about your Orwellian dramedies.)

Wake up and smell the coffee, buttercups. You’re standing up for a guy who thinks “Integrity” is a new body wash for men. His only connection to professional journalism is his freaky resemblance to Clark Kent’s illegitimate son Rolf. Stop giving Sean Hannity the credibility and reliability that real journalists deserve. He’s not a journalist. He’s just another overpaid talking head who’s beholden to boss Rupert Murdoch, penultimate media whore if ever there was one.

And, like too many overpaid hacks employed by Fox News, Hannity actually believes that he -- and not anyone he interviews -- is the only one entitled to Freedom of Speech. Surprise! At last, an elected official from our state has finally set him straight. Nice job, Mr. Ellison.

Shawn Aune March 05, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Hannity is not a journalist. FOX news is not a news channel. Agreed. Ellison shouldn't have agreed to go on FOX news to begin with. He is paying for that mistake. Ellison made no mistake in how he dealt with Hannity. Alex Jones shut down Piers Morgan recently in a similar fashion. Ellison is pretty vocal about drones and that doesn't make the administration happy. http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-13/opinions/36311903_1_drone-strikes-drone-program-drone-policy Ellison innately trusts the President with his "kill list" but what happens when another Bush is elected? What would Romney do with that kind of power? How about Dick Cheney? Scary...
Annie S. March 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM
This is the land of Honey Boo Boo, The Kardashians, and The Real Housewives. If the news isn't entertaining, or sensational, the average person changes the channel. Ellison was baited by even accepting the invite. The respective camps likely knew it would be fodder for both sides, or the invite would never have happened. We're obviously still talking about it, so they won. No one else. Especially not the people of MN - because we already have a representative on the national level who likes to make us appear unable to elect intelligent representation.
Mike McLean March 05, 2013 at 07:52 PM
"For the past five years, I’ve been phoning his office and complaining about that oxymoron that is Fox News." This letter writer is so blinded by his Liberal idiology that he must think that ABC, CBS, NBC, MPR, NPR, and CNN actually deliver unbiased news. If you look up the Public Relations department for the Left, you will see the above mentioned channels.
Jesse Lykken March 05, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Hannity is an idiot, but that is not news to anyone. Rep. Ellison, IMHO, made a mistake in going on the show. Fox News only exists because people watch it. If you don't approve, then quit watching it. On a personal note, as a long-long time Lefty, PLEASE don't refer to Rep. Ellison's constituency as "The People", and I find it peculiar that you presume to speak for them in your article. There are plenty (way too many!) of "The People" in the 5th District who love Sean Hannity and Fox News. Bottom line, a rant is a rant is a rant, even a liberal one. Enough already!
Mike B. March 06, 2013 at 01:39 PM
It was hilarious! The socialist Keith Ellison showed that he can attack his :enemies" in the most vile manner possible. But he is too thin-skinned to answer a few hard-hitting questions from Sean Hannity. Minneapolis residents have every reasoned to be embarrassed by the childish display by Elllson. Even other Democrats laugh at Ellison, as he has been correctly voted as one of the least effective and- yes- dumbest, members of Congress.


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