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Stelter: Was I ‘Stupid’ to Say Avenatti Was ‘Serious’ 2020 Contender?


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Well, it may have taken a while, but CNN host Brian Stelter finally admitted that praising lawyer Michael Avenatti (A.K.A creepy porn lawyer) as a “serious” contender for 2020 wasn’t a smart move. The admission came during the latest Reliable Sources as he was speaking with writers form the left-wing Daily Beast, Lachlan Markey and Asawin Suebsaeng about their new book about how the DC swamp infested President Trump’s administration.

After slipping up and saying Avenatti was “convicted on three counts for alleged extortion and other crimes” (he was convicted so it’s no longer “alleged”), Stelter told his guests that he was getting “grief” from Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity “for once suggesting that I thought Avenatti could be a serious candidate for president.”

Let’s be clear, Stelter was getting grief from many people, not just Hannity. Hannity was just Stelter’s favorite target.

So, give me a media critique. Was that stupid on my part? What do you make of how Avenatti was covered by CNN and MSNBC,” Stelter asked his guests.


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