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If for whatever reason you spent any time watching CNN’s coverage of the criminally charged porn lawyer, Michael Avenatti, the network owes you a massive apology for wasting your time.
CNN’s Brian Stelter — the resident media guru at the network — spent an absurd amount of airtime covering Avenatti last year when he was, oddly enough, a rising star in the media world. But now that Avenatti faces a possible ticket to the slammer, Stelter went into turtle mode.
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According to Fox News, the disgraced attorney was covered in a huge write-up in Vanity Fair in a piece detailing his “epic fall.” As was pointed out, that kind of story would typically be front-and-center for Stelter’s popular “Reliable Sources” newsletter.
Surprise, surprise, it wasn’t mentioned at all. And more than one person took notice — with Free Beacon media analyst Cameron Cawthorne calling out the CNN personality in a tweet.
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“Weird how MEDIA reporter @brianstelter doesn’t mention the Vanity Fair story on MEDIA darling Avenatti in his nightly newsletter. So weird!,” Cawthorne wrote.
Stelter, in what turned out to be an epic failure to save face, responded to Cawthorne’s call-out with a smug reply claiming he did, in fact, cover the story Tuesday night.
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“That’s because it was in Tuesday night’s newsletter. The story came out on Tuesday,” Stelter’s tweet reply, now deleted, read.
But he didn’t cover the story and Cawthorne promptly reminded Stelter of it, firing back that Stelter’s claim was “false” and that he checked previous newsletters before making his initial accusation, as any good reporter...
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