Howard Kurtz: 'The Media Were Avenatti's Enabler'

NewsBusters | 5/23/2019 | Staff
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Another day, another lawsuit for the creepy porn lawyer. It seems as though it was only yesterday when Michael Avenatti was touted as being a potential Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and the golden boy of the mainstream media as a whole. The incessant fawning over Avenatti by his friends at CNN and MSNBC is difficult to forget, however, the networks are failing to acknowledge the enabling role they played in his rise to fame.

MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz elaborated on the media complicity during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night. “Well the first thing that CNN and MSNBC did was put him on day after day, sometimes multiple times a day when he was out there pushing the Stormy Daniels case," Kurtz told fill-in host Ed Henry on The Story. There was a period of time when a person could not turn on their television without seeing Avenatti on the talk show circuit.

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Avenatti’s ascension to fame was due in no small part to his opposition to President Trump, which the mainstream media were only too happy to capitalize on. A point Kurtz noted in his interview: “The media were Avenatti's enabler there is no question about it and of course they loved his message. Attacking Trump as unethical, predicting Trump was going to go down and all this stuff."

With all of the recent information on Avenatti coming to light, it seems the responsible action to take on the part of the media would be to condemn his transgressions and apologize for the constant coverage of him for months on end. Kurtz said as much on Fox News: “So, I think the media has a lot to answer for here, he was on Colbert, he was on The View. Now we know why Stormy Daniels cut her ties with her former...
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