Stelter: Was I stupid to take Avenatti seriously as possible 2020 candidate?

Stelter: Was I stupid to take Avenatti seriously as possible 2020 candidate?
Brian Stelter (Image: MRCTV screen grab)

[Ed. – The answer is obviously yes, but the better question is when Stelter wasn’t stupid.]

CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter asked his Reliable Sources guests Sunday if he was “stupid” to take disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti seriously as a possible 2020 presidential candidate.

Avenatti, who was found guilty this week of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike, was a media darling in 2018, making hundreds of television appearances as he promoted client Stormy Daniels’s litigation against President Donald Trump. He used his newfound fame to flirt with a presidential run, and Stelter told him during one Reliable Sources appearance that he took his potential candidacy seriously because of his presence on cable news.

On Sunday, Stelter told Daily Beast reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng that he got “grief” for that remark.

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“Give me a media critique,” Stelter said. “Was that stupid on my part? What do you make of how Avenatti was covered by CNN and MSNBC?”

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