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Fox News Referred to Michael Avenatti as ‘Creepy Porn Lawyer’ During His Interview With Tucker Carlson

Seriously?

Lawyer and potential presidential candidate Michael Avenatti appears on Fox News Tucker Carlson tonight. (Fox News/YouTube)

The term chyron refers to the electronically generated caption superimposed on a television or movie screen. Most of us have seen them, but not known what they are called. The term originated in the 1970s from Chyron Corporation, the original creator.

The blurbs flashed at the bottom of live news broadcasts help identify the program, a specific guest and any other pertinent information. Or in the case of Fox News and Tucker Carlson, they provide an opportunity to draw criticism for being childish and petty.

Michael Avenatti—lawyer for the dancer, screenwriter, director and actress who prefers use of her stage name, Stormy Daniels—agreed to appear on the Fox News program, Tucker Carlson tonight. Carlson, like many of the conservative commentators at President Donald Trump’s favorite network, frequently insults or denigrates Daniels or her lawyer.

But Carlson—in an address directly into the camera lens—stated how much he appreciated anytime someone agreed to appear on his program. Carlson then vowed not to refer to Avenatti with “a certain unflattering nickname.”

Then, as that vow left Carlson’s mouth, the unflattering nickname appeared in the chyron below Avenatti and Carlson’s images. In all caps, it read:

“CREEPY PORN LAWYER TALKS ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL RUN”

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Tucker Carlson announces Michael Avenatti appearance on his Fox News program. (YouTube screen grab)

While the appearance itself devolved into the sort of shouting match one would expect from the maturity level of the chyron, Avenatti still took to Twitter to call out Carlson for his lack of integrity. Carlson promised one thing, while the screen for his television show did the opposite of his on-air vow.

Many echoed Avenatti’s sentiments and tagged Carlson and Fox when they did.

Others went directly to Carlson and Fox News with their criticisms over the choice of chyron.

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