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.

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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 both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, inquiries, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.


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  • jbahler

    Sean Hannity is not worthy of kissing Ed’s feet …. Ed tells the truth – Sean just makes crap up.

    • Jo Clark

      Exactly. I actually resent the line “…those who make some of these outlandish claims in the media, from both sides of the political spectrum …”

      Ed may offer his opinion and anyone is free to disagree. But the one thing Ed does not do, which Hannity does every day, is lie. Ed checks his facts, while Hannity runs a daily GOP campaign of disinformation purposely designed to mislead viewers, to toe the party line.

      And while we’re at it, let’s be clear on the differences:

      1.misinformation. mistaken information or data, incorrect information. 2.disinformation. false information that has been intentionally spread.

      • KCMOfan

        What they do on Fox is not original. It’s called PROPAGANDA.

      • [email protected]

        Fox News is the direct word of God!

      • Nick Wride

        Then GAWD is a lying motherfucker, along with Hannity.

      • Terry Knepper

        awwww, isn’t hannity cute when he waves his lil’ dickie??….


        You need to see a doctor for some head meds .. WHAT is wrong with you.. do you want to get smote for using GOD to excuse your foul lies?

      • regressive rightwing trash

        see MY reply to s_hannity@yahoo……………………..

      • regressive rightwing trash

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the GOD called lucripetous fabulisms

      • hermanprovi

        OH, I thought it was supposed to be a news outlet not a direct edict from above! How does Rupert Murdoch feel about being usurped?

      • Richard Bell

        You thought Fox was a news outlet? Are you off your meds?

      • Steve Wascher

        Good job making me laugh.

      • Aimee Barfield

        I agree with you whole heartedly. I like Mr. Clifton’s opinion pieces on the whole but he’s more then off base with this claim. I don’t always agree with Ed, though on the whole I often do, but he doesn’t base his commentary show on lies like Hannity.

      • Paul

        Hannity is a liar, pure and simple.

      • Sean Hannity

        I’ll kill you for that, actually my bodyguards will.

      • Sean Hannity

        Jew liberal communist socialist homosexual lies!

  • Bette

    I would love to see that debate since Hannity has never had any facts, just throws out whatever talking points they give him and goes with it. He is an extremely hateful person.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a great American as he has ( along with canards such as o’reilly and beck and palin and Limbaugh) figured out how to become very wealthy by capitalizing on the stupidity of regressive white trash republicans

      • Richard Bell

        A canard is a type of duck, right?

    • Sean Hannity

      Come to New York and say that on my show on Fox News. I’ll have you shot.

      • Avatar

        A fan of Sean Hannity deserves to be institutionalized with permanent strait jackets.

  • William Rombola

    This would be a fine under card for the Rachael Maddow vs Rand Paul duel.

  • [email protected]

    I’m a fucking genius and nobody is worthy of my time except God and Fox News!

    • Wayne Stroup

      Hannity is a racist pig.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      absoluuuutely!!! all of the FOX “news” cretins who make millions ( o’reilly,,,beck,,,,,Limbaugh,,,,,E bolling,,,,ETC) and genius as the capitalize upon the sheer arrogant stupidity of regressive white trash rightwing micropenile offal. I would do a FOX “news” show instantly disparaging OBAMA if they paid me millions!!!

      • Richard Bell

        Conservatives will always pay the most to those shills who tell them what they want to hear, which is why their ignorance level remains so high.

  • Nick Wride

    The cowardly little prick, Scammity, said he would be waterboarded for charity, to prove it’s not torture. I’m still waiting for him to grow the balls to live up to that promise. Big Ed would rip little Sean a new asshole.

  • mister_g43

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Hannity finks out of a debate. This is the same guy who was challenged by Charles Grodin to get waterboarded because he didn’t think it was torture. Keith Olbermann was even willing to donate $10,000 to Hannity’s favorite charity just to see him go through it. Of course, Sean lost his balls and finked out. This guy was probably the classroom bully who backed down once the kids in the class called his bluff.

  • FD Brian

    Debbie Schlussel even hates Hannity. Apparently he steals other people’s ideas and claims them as his own. She calls him Sean Vannity.

  • Jorge A. Melendez


    • hermanprovi

      Why are you insulting little girls?

      • Jorge A. Melendez


  • Tbone

    I’d pay more to see Maddow end Paul’s presidential aspirations on one debate.

  • oskeeman

    Hannity could not amount to anything more than an ugly,

    annoying pimple on Ed’s butt cheek!

  • regressive rightwing trash

    verrrry similar to when the GREAT — and bombastic– keith olbermann said he would pay Hannity a thousand dollars a MINUTE for each minute Hannity could handle waterboarding,,,,,, of when Olbermann wanted O’reilly to appear on COUNTDOWN ( best msnbc show ever) in a “spirited ” debate an bill-o the clown not only bailed but o’reilly started name calling also— regressive white trash rightwing crybabies stay safe in the insulation of the sterile halls of FOX “news”

  • KaintGetRight

    I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about grouping Ed Schultz with Sean Hannity. Ed Schultz ALWAYS presents the facts and even show his sources to back those facts, while Hannity virtually slings verbal poo at his audience.

    To put it bluntly Sean Hannity is a LIAR and Ed Schultz isn’t. Ed doesn’t mind correcting his mistakes and the record when he’s wrong. Hannity is ALWAYS wrong and just make crap up as he goes along and always lies and has NEVER corrected the record.

    Hannity isn’t anything eve close to representing a journalist or pundit. He’s simply a right-wing propagandist full of lies, hate, and hot air with a tv show for the intellectually challenged and willfully ignorant.

  • hermanprovi

    Make stupid comments, and refuse to back them up! Call someone a bad name and refuse to face them when asked to! It is called coward-ism! Fox noise has a lot of these people!

  • Bonnie Snyder

    I would like to see Rachel Maddow have a one-on-one with the nut case Hannity. She would chew him up and spit him out in about 5 seconds of the conversation.

  • Humma

    I absolutely detest him too. I dont watch or listen to faux , but I have heard him / saw him and I have to say I think I detest him maybe even more then Limbaugh or any of the other asshats…


    Hannity won’t debate Ed because he is a coward.
    Not name calling, just a fact.
    Even on his own show, he always has ‘help’.
    Since losing his sweet time slot to Megyn Kelly, he
    has ratcheted up the hate level to the n’th degree &
    has become UN-watchable.
    I now see why.
    Ms. Kelly has proven to be a much more capable
    host. For example, tonight she had on Joe Trippi.
    She hosted him one on one, something Hannity
    would NEVER do. Hannity depends on his crutches
    like Michelle Malkin to help him do his dirty work.
    His tag team attack style is old & stale.
    Clearly he doesn’t have the confidence Kelly
    has in her own ability to hold a discussion without
    attacking a guest. She allows the opposing side to

    make their point without interruption, allowing her
    audience to decide. Though I don’t agree with her
    political views, I have a new respect for her and wish
    her well in her new endeavor.

  • Gandalf

    You’d think that Hannity would jump at the chance to be featured somewhere other than a 10 o’clock slot. Then again, maybe he felt the need to insult Ed because he’s bitter about losing his spot to Gretta.

  • hermanprovi

    Hannitys’ response to the challenge to debate Mr. Shultz is a glaring admission of FEAR! Hannity talks about “debating” Rev. Sharpton and
    Carville, those were not challenges! He should take a loathsome woman’s {un-named, but we all know who she is] advice and “man up”.