Ex-CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien took a refined shot at her former community on Friday, tweeting that embattled legal professional Michael Avenatti was on cable information repeatedly as a result of he was “free” and brought significantly as a result of he’s “a white man” who’s on TV rather a lot.
“Right here’s what was discovered: if you’re bombastic on television, you’ll proceed to be booked on exhibits since you are free—and that’s necessary within the cable television mannequin,” O’Brien tweeted in response to writer Charlie Sykes pondering whether or not anything was learned from liberal media’s obsession with Avenatti.
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Final 12 months a Media Analysis Heart examine revealed that Avenatti appeared on CNN a whopping 74 occasions over a 10-week interval. He made 254 tv appearances in a single 12 months, together with 121 CNN appearances, in accordance with the MRC, and was usually billed as a hero of the anti-Trump motion. The now-troubled lawyer even floated a possible presidential run.
“Additionally—some journalists will pronounce you a Presidential contender in 2020 as a result of you’re a white man who’s on television rather a lot,” O’Brien added.
O’Brien was presumably referring to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who famously advised Avenatti on air final 12 months, “One of many the explanation why I am taking you significantly as a [2020 presidential] contender is due to your presence on cable information.”
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Stelter has since backpedaled and admitted that he now not considers Avenatti a critical presidential candidate.
“Clearly I am not taking him significantly anymore, however I personal that remark. He confirmed a Trump-like mastery of the media final 12 months,” Stelter wrote on Thursday evening.
Avenatti was charged by federal prosecutors in New York Wednesday with defrauding adult-film star Stormy Daniels. He faces one depend of wire fraud and one depend of aggravated id theft and is taking a look at as much as 22 years in jail if convicted of these fees.
The previous CNN common allegedly stole $300,000 belonging to Daniels from a guide deal advance, which prosecutors declare he used to “keep his extravagant life-style, together with to pay for, amongst different issues, a month-to-month automotive cost on a Ferrari.”
Avenatti already faces dozens of different legal fees, and is taking a look at the potential of greater than 300 years in federal jail.
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In an emailed assertion to Fox Information, Avenatti mentioned: “I sit up for a jury listening to the entire proof and passing judgment on my conduct. At no time was any cash misappropriated or mishandled. I can be absolutely exonerated as soon as the related emails, contracts, textual content messages, and paperwork are offered.”
In the meantime, O’Brien isn’t any stranger to criticizing her former employer. Earlier this month she slammed CNN over a lack of range when CNN’s web site responded to the delivery of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son by asking, “How black will the royal child be?”
“CNN wants extra individuals of coloration working within the govt, decision-making ranks. Clearly,” O’Brien captioned the picture of CNN’s headline relating to the race of the royal child.
Fox Information’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.