TheDCNF Responds To Michael Avenatti’s Threat Against Its Reporters

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Neil Patel Co-Founder and Publisher, The Daily Caller
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Dear Mr. Avenatti,

In addition to my role as co-founder and president, I serve as in-house counsel for The Daily Caller News Foundation. I have reviewed the allegations in your May 14 note to Peter Hasson, alleging “hit pieces that are full of lies and defamatory statements.”

Factual accuracy is essential to our trade, so in light of your note, we took a day to review every fact alleged in Peter and Joe Simonson’s article. We are confident that Peter and Joe did an excellent job of reporting on some of your previous business interactions, as well as allegations and actions brought against you by past associates.

Please let me know specifically what is incorrect in their reporting. If you bring something real to my attention, we will update the piece immediately. My strong suspicion is we will not hear from you because we know as well as you know that the piece was done well, and we know as well as you know that your note was just an attempt to silence reporting you don’t like.


Neil Patel
The Daily Caller News Foundation​

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