Politics & Media
May 11, 2023, 05:55AM

I Turned Down Tucker Carlson, but Would Do His New Show

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Last January I turned down an hour-long interview with Tucker Carlson. I had my bags packed and was making arrangements to go to Florida for the appearance when I called his producer and backed out.

The reason for the cancellation was that a new documentary was playing at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The movie, Justice, looks into the 2018 sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The film was from Doug Liman, who kept its existence a secret for years before it premiered to a sold-out theater surrounded by armed guards.

The verdict was that Justice had no new evidence and even The Hollywood Reporter calling it “a nonevent.” I’d been approached about it by director Liman late in 2022. I played a role in the Kavanaugh battle, when Christine Blasey Ford said that in 1982 I was in the room when she was assaulted by a teenaged Kavanaugh. Ford couldn’t remember the time or place of the alleged incident, and her claim was rebuked by a close friend that Ford said attended the party. I wrote a book about my experience, The Devil's Triangle: Mark Judge vs the New American Stasi. My thesis is that the media, opposition researchers and Hollywood form a new American Stasi, similar to the old East German secret police. They use extortion, intimidation and threats to destroy the lives of others, ignoring any facts or evidence that points away from their narrative.

The Devil’s Triangle has facts the left and Hollywood don’t want exposed, including extortion attempts, death threats and a honey trap. For the filmmakers, I was in their blind spot. When the book was published, they tried to get me to New York, “all expenses paid.” It reminded me of when Ronan Farrow called me in September 2018 to say I was in a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, but Farrow couldn’t say who the accuser was, or where it allegedly happened—only that it had taken place “in the 1980s.”

Perhaps I should’ve done Tucker Carlson Tonight. Yet several friends, a few of whom are lawyers, cautioned that I wait and see what the content of the Hollywood hit piece was. “You avoided walking into a lot of traps in 2018,” one said. “You don’t want to make that mistake now.” In other words, I’d be walking into a one-hour interview with one of America’s most famous journalists and may get asked about a film that I’d never seen and knew nothing about. What if there was some new crazy making accusations again about drugs and gang rape? So I backed out. After its splashy Sundance premier, Justice didn’t find a buyer. Even left-wing Hollywood studios know it’s garbage.

Cancelling on Tucker was disappointing, because during the Kavanaugh hit in 2018 he was one of the only journalists willing to ask hard questions. This is from one of his monologues at the time: 

Christine Blasey Ford says the assault defined her entire life. Apparently, she thought about it every day. It affected her academic performance and all of her personal relationships, yet she says she told not a single other human being about it for fully 30 years. How can that be? Well, here’s an idea. In a Washington Post profile, Ford says that she “came to understand her assault and the significance during a psychotherapy session.” What does that mean exactly? Is Ford’s story at least in part a recovered memory?

This is a critical question, because most psychiatrists consider recovered memories, however sincere, as roughly as reliable as dreams. It’s worth getting a clear answer, but so far nobody has, because nobody has asked that question. Why? When an adult makes a serious allegation, asking real questions is the only correct response. It’s not an attack to ask for follow-ups or probe inconsistencies, it’s not victim shaming. It’s patronizing not to.

We don’t consider Christine Ford a child. Many of her advocates clearly do and so does the press. Instead of gathering facts about this story, they are busy moralizing and lecturing the rest of us about how Kavanaugh’s very existence proves that an entire class of people is evil. The real evil is the way that our elites stoke race and gender hatred in order to divide this country. And that is another thing that people of good faith ought to be questioning.

This is why Tucker was on top. It’s a mix of common sense, reason, erudition and anger at our corrupt elites. No one else has that combination, which is why Fox’s ratings are now cratering. I’m ready the new show that Carlson is launching on Twitter. He’s one of the few people that will let me freely talk about my book, as well as the ridiculous documentary they’re re-editing and goosing up to blindside us. Tucker will allow facts to be presented. Justice Director Liman isn’t a journalist. He’s a filmmaker who has worked with Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. The latter is the story of Barry Seal, a real-life Louisiana TWA pilot-turned-drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel who got rich in the 1970s and 1980s before turned DEA informer. American Made is for people who find Oliver Stone too subtle. Liman’s called the film “a fun lie based on a true story.”

Liman and his associate Amy Herdy—criticized for omitting key facts from previous documentaries—have talked about the “bravery” of the people who spoke to them for Justice, implying there was a campaign in 2018 to keep people quiet. In my experience the campaign was to get people to lie. As Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said after seeing the FBI report, "Anybody who thinks this is a search for the truth and not about politics ought to put down the bong.” Michael Avenatti, who charged that Kavanaugh and I presided over 10 high school parties where girls were drugged and gang-raped, is now serving over 20 years in prison for extortion.

Justice doesn’t include an interview with Christine Blasey Ford. That would open the door to questions about Leland Keyser. Keyser is Ford’s lifelong friend who was allegedly at the party where the assault took place. In 2019 Keyser revealed to Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, two reporters for The New York Times, that she did not believe Ford’s story. Further, Keyser said she felt threatened to change her story. “We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn’t recall that get-together or any others like it,” Pogrebin and Kelly reported in their book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh. “In fact, she challenged Ford’s accuracy. ‘I don’t have any confidence in the story.’”

Also not in Justice is the fact that Blasey Ford’s father apologized to Brett’s father. That’s the kind detail that the Stasi media would downplay and Tucker Carlson would expose. 


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