On Friday, Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti gave his 82nd CNN inteview, in which he attempted to dispel criticism that he was on television too frequently. He appeared on New Day to respond to a restraining order filed by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that asked a judge to stop his frequent television appearances, calling them prejudicial to a fair trial. “We're about to find out whether the media and press really believes in the First Amendment, whether they think that people should be gagged,” Avenatti remarked.
First, frequent cable and broadcast news guest/Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti threatened on Monday to sue the Daily Caller for defamation. Now, on Wedenesday, a Hollywood Reporter column revealed how Avenatti called the writer an “asshole” for e-mailing him a list of tough questions and demanded their editor reach out to him.
During her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle and her panel of anti-Trump guests cheered Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti as “a beast” who was “brilliant” at garnering media attention, even hailing him as “the savior of the republic” for his latest revelations that the pundits thought could take down the President.
On Friday’s edition of Morning Joe, the panel engaged some predictable hyperbole and exaggeration with regards to the latest developments in the Stormy Daniels saga, namely that President Trump did in fact reimburse his personal attorney Michael Cohen for $130,000 he paid the porn star in the weeks leading up to the election, despite his past denials
After MSNBC spent four hours on Thursday breathlessly promoting what turned out to be a false story that federal investigators had been “wiretapping” President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen for months, NBC’s Today show on Friday only managed 41 seconds of air time to correct the phony bombshell.
What a time to be at NBC. First, Ronan Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize on April 16 for his Harvey Weinstein reporting NBC supposedly tried to suppress. Then, two stories broke one week ago that the network botched its response to the Matt Lauer scandal and former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw was accused of sexual misconduct. Now, Thursday saw another embarrassment as NBC News was forced to run a correction on MSNBC’s MTP Daily that, contrary to their original reporting, longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not being wiretapped.
CBS’s The Late Show host Stephen Colbert made an astonishingly hypocritical claim during his Thursday monologue, lamenting in an aside (entitled “What Have We Become?”) about the prevalence of sex-crazed stories about President Trump, his alleged affairs, and the unsubstantiated “pee tape.” It’s quite amusing that a lewd liberal comedian named Stephen Colbert complain about the culture and discourse that he, Stephen Colbert, helped concoct at CBS and previously at Comedy Central.
Thursday’s New York Times featured some unseemly gushing over Democratic Judge Kimba Wood, whose decision outed Fox News host Sea Hannity as a client of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, under a headline showcasing extraneous praise for Wood: “On Bench for Cohen Case: ‘The Judicial Equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt." Reporters Alan Feuer and Benjamin Weiser opened by irresponsibly lumping in the conspiracist Alex Jones with responsible conservative outlets:
On Monday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews repeadly misrepresented reality while hosting his nightly episode of Hardball, putting his fellow panelists in the awkward position of having to correct him. Within the span of the first fifteen-minute segment, Matthews misinterpreted state audio recording laws, attorney-client privilege, and recent reporting by another journalistic outlet.
CNN Tonight host Don Lemon has been prone to meltdowns over the latest Trump controversy, so Monday’s news concerning the Mueller probe, Michael Cohen, and Syria were bound to set the liberal journalist off and he certainly did over the “historic” and “unbelievable” day that has America “on the brink.” Following two hours of gabfests on CNN’s AC360, Lemon seemed exasperated when he appeared on camera at the top of the 10:00 p.m. Eastern hour.
During Tuesday's edition of CNN's New Day, a package narrated by Gloria Borger was aired, painting a very unflattering picture of President Trump's longtime attorney and confidante Michael Cohen, who had his office raided by federal investigators on Monday. Accompanied by eerie music that would ordinarily appear in a film-noir or big screen thriller, Borger's narration described Cohen as a "consigliere," while one of the subjects she interviewed referred to him as President Trump's "Mini-Me."
On a news day otherwise dominated by talk of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace flipped the script on Monday and spent an uninterrupted, commercial-free hour salivating over reports that FBI had raided the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.