Thank CNN, MSNBC for making name ‘Michael Avenatti’ a household word

Thank CNN, MSNBC for making name ‘Michael Avenatti’ a household word
Michael Avenatti (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)

[Ed. – Don’t be surprised if they continue interviewing Avenatti from his jail cell.]

Once Michael Avenatti got his first taste of national television coverage during the Stormy Daniels news cycle last year, he quickly became addicted to the attention. Cable newscasts gladly enabled him, spewing the Trump-hating celebrity lawyer across the networks, often multiple interviews a day. Now that it’s clear the “Creepy Porn Lawyer” is exactly the bad actor we thought he was, the media should be shamed for providing a scam artist with a megaphone and making him a household name.

On Monday, Avenatti was arrested and charged by federal authorities for attempting to extort Nike for millions of dollars. … Thanks to CNN, MSNBC, and Avenatti’s thirst for attention, this was not just breaking news about your average sleazy scam artist, but news about someone that major networks propped up hundreds of times as a credible, authoritative source. …

By my count, Avenatti was interviewed on broadcast and cable news networks 214 times in 2018, spanning from March to November. Presumably, the only reason the invitations eventually came to halt was Avenatti’s November 14 arrest for allegations of domestic abuse.

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