Now that creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti has been convicted of trying to extort Nike, those who gave him a national platform in the hopes he could somehow bring down President Donald Trump are engaged in a little revisionist history.
It was because networks like CNN and MSNBC are so obsessed with destroying the president that Avenatti became such a darling for the left in the first place, but leave it to CNN to now try to spin that reality and come out of this mess blaming Trump.
CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter fawned over Avenatti more than most, speaking of the attorney in the same breath as Barack Obama as he held him up as a serious contender to defeat President Trump at the ballot box.
On Sunday, Stelter featured Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, both from The Daily Beast, and in an attempt to save face he asked them to evaluate his coverage of Avenatti.
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“Was that stupid on my part?” Stelter asked. “What do you make of how Avenatti was covered by CNN and MSNBC?”
Ensuring future appearances on the network, Markay immediately turned in back on Trump.
“I think one of the weird, and in many cases, distressing things that Trump has done basically, is to Trumpify his opponents as well,” he said. “And you see this very often in the conspiratorial mindset that many of his detractors take online.”
In explaining the “phenomenon of Michael Avenatti” — which was a media creation — Markay suggested that the liberal media were drawn to Avenatti because he was “very similar” to the man they loathe.
“This was a guy, who in many ways, was very similar to Trump. He really knew how to operate in the modern media environment,” he said. “And I think that’s what really drew a lot of Trump’s critics to him, was this idea that he could sort of beat Trump at his own game.”
With Avenatti now facing as much as 42 years in prison for extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, the media is being embarrassed by a video montage lampooning them for worshiping the attorney who burst onto the national stage when he began representing porn star Stormy Daniels.
To be clear, as reported by Media Research Center, Avenatti was featured a staggering 254 times on various networks in 2019. As to be expected, CNN and MSNBC were the top enablers, featuring Avenatti an eye-popping 121 and 108 times, respectively.
Even Daniels regretted hiring the now convicted felon to represent her, as she accuses Avenatti of forging her signature and stealing $300,000 in advance payments for her memoir — she said the jury that convicted Avenatti “found his true character.”
But the folks at CNN were talking about putting him in the White House.
As for Stelter’s infatuation with Avenatti…
Michael Avenatti was talked about as a serious 2020 presidential contender less than 12 months ago pic.twitter.com/O6RxykJLAz
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At least CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was willing to admit on air that he was “snookered” by the fraud that Avenatti turned out to be.
“Frankly, you know, I feel kind of snookered, because I took him seriously,” Toobin said, the day Avenatti was convicted.
“I remember once at the peak of all of this, we went to lunch in midtown, when our offices were in midtown, and we walked back together to CNN, and it was like walking with a major, major celebrity,” he added. “People came up to him. It’s like, you know, ‘Go for it! Go get Trump!'”
“And at the peak of this, he even announced he was considering running for president and he went to Iowa, he went to New Hampshire,” Toobin said. “And to call it hubris … doesn’t do it justice. I mean, the craziness of this.”
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