Attorney Michael Avenatti appeared this week on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program and the interview quickly devolved into an attack piece against Avenatti.
Prior to the interview, Carlson promised to meet two requirements for the interview: Carlson would not cut Avenatti off, and the Fox News host would not engage in ‘name calling’. As the interview began, Carlson told Avenatti, “I actually don’t have an interest in squabbling with you at all or name-calling.”
The interview quickly devolved into a typical Tucker Carlson hit piece. He routinely cut off Avenatti before the lawyer could answer questions and attempted to frame Avenatti as just another person who was exploiting Stormy Daniels for his own gain.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Fox News flashed several chyron notices on the screen that called Avennati a “CREEPY PORN LAWYER TOYING WITH 2020 RUN”, “DOES AMERICA WANT CREEPY PORN LAWYER AS PRES?”, and “STORMY’S LAWYER AS CREEPY PORN PRESIDENT?”
Avenatti was attacked whenever he offered legitimate answers to Carlson’s questions. Those questions were drowned out by Fox News’ constant unwarranted attacks.
Now, Avenatti wants to meet with Tucker Carlson for the second time. However, the lawyer has requested a fully moderated long form debate.
In a tweet sent out on Saturday afternoon, Michael Avenatti writes:
.@tuckercarlson – You talk a big game but routinely don’t back it up. So I challenge you to a moderated long form debate. Not a replay of the nonsense you pulled on Thurs. One where we both ask and answer questions. No interruptions. No name calling. Agreed?
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 15, 2018
Tucker Carlson has not responded to Avenatti’s request at this time. Given Carlson’s inability to actually engage with guests who disagree with his alt-right viewpoints, we’re not holding our breath for an actual debate.
In the meantime, a 2020 Presidential run is a very real possibility. On August 27, Avenatti tweeted his short-form answers to 20 important stances.
Below is an updated summary of where I stand on over 20 key issues. This is not an exhaustive list; more positions and details will follow. I am pleased to report that I still have not had to take a poll or hire a political consultant to tell me what to say or what to believe. pic.twitter.com/51F9zF88OG
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 27, 2018
Here’s to hoping Tucker Carlson is held accountable for his actions and accepts Avenatti’s request for a fair and balanced moderated debate.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.