Fox News Host Sean Hannity Cowardly Ducks Out of Debate Challenge Issued by MSNBC’s Ed Schultz

SeanHannityWhile there are quite a few right-wing media personalities I absolutely cannot stand, Sean Hannity holds a special place perpetually near the top of my list as someone I find absolutely repulsive.

He represents much of what’s wrong with the entire Republican party.  Privately he might be a different person, but all I know is what I’ve seen publicly—and he’s an absolute ass.

He makes a living being a right-wing mouthpiece for the GOP.  He’s not a credible “journalist” of any kind, though on Fox News they try to present him as just that.  Often he’s simply regurgitating whatever rhetoric the RNC has decided they’ll cling to in order to push their campaigns of rampant misinformation and lies.

And it goes without saying that he’s not a fan of “Obamacare.”  In fact, he’s been practically giddy since the website’s rollout and subsequent technical issues.  While I don’t watch him every night, the times I have channel-surfed over to his show on Fox News he’s devoted nearly that entire time attacking the healthcare law.

Even during the shutdown, Hannity was one of the biggest conservative media figures putting all the blame for the shutdown on President Obama.  As polls continued to show the American people turning on the GOP, he shifted his rhetoric from calling it a “shutdown” to a “slimdown.”  Many Republicans took to this new talking point in an apparent effort to soften the blow they were taking for shutting down the government (and hurting many Americans in the process).

Well, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has twice recently called on Sean Hannity to publicly debate him after Hannity called him a “knucklehead” on his show.

A couple of weeks ago, Schultz said, “Sean, wherever you want to debate, you name the place, the time.  Come on, give me a chance, Sean.  Let’s see if I’m the knucklehead that you think I am. Let’s have a debate, Hannity.”

Which initially didn’t prompt a response from the popular Fox News host.  Well, until now.

Sean Hannity finally responded to Schultz’s request for a debate:

“Over the years, I have had dozens of spirited debates with Rev. Al Sharpton of the same network on radio, TV, including The National Action Network’s annual convention, where The Rev. has shared with me personally that our exchanges are often the highlight of the convention.  While I understand little Eddie desperately needs attention, he unfortunately does not have the intelligence, wit, humor or debating skills of Rev. Sharpton, or somebody like James Carville who I have also publicly debated numerous times.  To be blunt I really have better things to do with my time than attempt to educate a total buffoon.”

First, I love how Sean Hannity acts as if Schultz is some reprehensible character and that’s why he won’t debate him.  Hannity’s a man who’s welcomed people like Ann Coulter onto his show and often praises Sarah Palin—two terrible human beings.

Second, I like how Hannity pulled out the Al Sharpton card.  As if debating Al Sharpton proves something.  If you want to talk negatively about someone, as Hannity did when he called Schultz a knucklehead and mocked him during his show, then you shouldn’t duck a request for a debate when that person calls you out for your comments.

It reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld when Jerry brags about beating a former classmate in a race (when in fact he cheated to win), then when that classmate challenges him he ducks the challenge claiming, “I choose not to race.”

The fact of the matter is Hannity seems afraid to debate Schultz, because Schultz is a lot like him.  A man who isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind.  Schultz and Hannity also seem to have overwhelming disdain for one another, therefore Schultz would be unlikely to hold back if the two were ever pitted against each other in some form of a debate.

Personally, I would love to see these two go at it.  I think it would do our media some good to see some of these leading polarizing media figures have it out on national television in some kind of organized debate.  I think most Americans would love to see those who make some of these outlandish claims in the media, from both sides of the political spectrum, be forced to answer for their rhetoric in the face of their opposition.

It’s easy to sit on a show with handpicked guests and “win” your argument every single time.  It’s a whole new ballgame when you have to defend your claims with the opposition sitting right in front of you.

Unfortunately, because of Hannity’s apparent cowardice, it doesn’t appear we’ll see him and Schultz square off against each other any time soon.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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