The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn devoted yesterday’s Daily Download (video below) to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison’s shoutdown on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday evening. I wrote about it here.
“This guy came on his show and then tried to filibuster it by yelling at him, saying ‘You’re a terrible journalist,’ ‘You’re the worst journalist,’ ‘You’re a Republican,’ ‘You’re awful,’” Ashburn said of Ellison’s appearance.
Kurtz concurred: “The congressman picked the fight. And he kept trying to talk over Hannity, and Hannity barely got five words out before Keith Ellison was accusing him of ‘yellow journalism’ because he played a clip of Barack Obama.”
Kurtz and Ashburn read the calculation in Ellison’s performance. Hey, now we know who he is, if we didn’t know before, which Kurtz and Ashburn point out that they did.
But do we? Do they? Are they familiar with Ellison’s various incarnations as Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, all related to his long association with the Nation of Islam? Before he had Hannity’s forum to promote himself, Ellison relied on a roster of contacts and causes to pull himself up the greasy pole including: “Minister” Louis Farrakhan, Joanne “Jews are racists” Jackson, the Vice Lords gang leader Sharif Willis and his cop killer gangbangers, and domestic terrorist Kathleen Soliah/Sara Jane Olson, among others. Please do pause a few minutes and get to know the man now known as Keith Ellison (D, Minn).