The Man They Helped Build: CBS, NBC Ignore Avenatti’s Prison Sentence

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The justice system worked on Thursday as “creepy porn lawyer” Michael Avenatti was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for trying to extort over $20 million from Nike. And reports from the courtroom say he cried like a little baby. He’s the man the liberal media built to be their sleazy fighter against then-President Trump, but CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News wanted nothing to do with this latest chapter for their chosen champion.

Of the broadcast networks, only ABC’s World News Tonight gave the story any airtime at all, though it was fleeting.

In his rushed news brief, ABC anchor David Muir gave Avenatti’s sentencing only 17 seconds between two commercial breaks. “Tonight, news about disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti. A federal judge in Manhattan today sentencing him to two and a half years in prison for trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike,” he reported.

Muir even invoked a dramatic and somber voice when reading a quote from the sentencing. “Avenatti in tears, telling the court, quote, ‘I and I alone have destroyed my career, my relationships, my life,’” he emoted.

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