On Wednesday, Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewed Univision “journalist” Jorge Ramos. The interview began as a civil discussion, but the exchange became heated and ultimately ended with a level of vitriol not often seen on cable news.
Ramos, a devout proponent of open borders and amnesty for illegal immigrants, continually maintains that he is a journalist, despite the fact that he openly promotes an agenda.
Sean Hannity, in contrast, is a commentator-a political analyst of sorts that offers commentary and is not bound by the same standard expected of objective journalists.
Since Donald Trump’s announcement that he intended to run for the presidency, Ramos has been unbridled in revealing his disgust over Trump’s positions regarding the millions of criminals who reside in the country in violation of our laws. Trump has maintained that border security is essential to maintaining national security and also noted that such security would help keep rapists and murderers out.
The left has selectively honed-in on the comments to pretend that Trump’s comments were assertions that claimed that all illegals are “rapists and murderers.”
Earlier this week, Ramos held his position against Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly who questioned how the supposed journalist could pretend to cover Trump’s campaign accurately and honestly after he has publicly denounced Trump as a bigot.
On Wednesday, Hannity conducted a similar interview with Ramos, but the exchange became very heated when Ramos attempted to pretend that he was allowed to selectively edit Trump’s comments and advance his opinions in place of legitimate, objective journalism.
“I’m simply reporting what Donald Trump has been saying,” Ramos said,
“That’s not true!” Hannity replied, claiming that Ramos was purposely taking Trump’s comments out of context.
Ramos then pathetically claimed that Trump cannot blame all American problems on illegals and used the fact that the Sandy Hook shooting was perpetrated by an American as an example.
“You’re talking about apples and oranges,” Hannity said.
As Ramos tried to posture as a legitimate journalist, Hannity became enraged.
“Excuse me, I don’t need lectures from you, because you act like a sanctimonious, objective reporter and you’ve got an agenda! You support open borders! You support illegal immigration!”
Ramos then claimed that he’s also tough on Democrats and independents.
“Big deal,” Hannity shot-back. “What do you want? A medal?”
Ramos then inverted Hannity’s argument and claimed that Hannity was not hard enough on Trump, a criticism that remains fairly valid.
“I’ve done 15 interviews with him. I don’t need lectures from you when you misquote him,” Hannity argued. “I don’t need lectures from you when you misquote candidates. You misquoted him on purpose and you add your opinion that he’s a racist.”
“You’ve got to think twice before throwing that racist word around, and if you’re gonna quote me or quote Trump, or quote anybody, please do it accurately in the future before you lecture us on how to do journalism,” Hannity zinged.
While it’s hardly uncommon for political commentators to push “journalists” on their objectivity, it’s unusual to see a commentator so virulently call-out those who pretend to be journalists while advancing a political agenda.
Both commentators and journalists offer needed avenues for political discussion; however, one must be honest about his agenda. If it’s the promotion of objective fact, it is journalism. If it is to provoke a certain dialogue dedicated to advancing a viewpoint, it is commentary.
Ramos is an advocate for criminals, not a journalist.