MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle went as far to say that Democrats could learn from Avenatti's attacks on the president.
An MSNBC spokesperson defended how the network both worked with and covered disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, according to an op-ed published by the Washington Post Thursday.
Avenatti was indicted for the third time this year earlier this week for alleged fraud and aggravated identity theft related to his former adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who is professionally known as Stormy Daniels.
MSNBC’s prime time star Rachel Maddow expounded on the spokesperson’s comments to WaPo, adding, “When I interviewed Avenatti about the Kavanaugh accuser he represented, the news at that point was that women were coming forward with allegations of mistreatment by a nominee for the Supreme Court. That story was still developing, and would continue developing for days to come.”
During a 10-week period last spring, Avenatti appeared on cable news 147 times with 57 of them coming on MSNBC, according to Newsbusters (which was still less than his 74 appearances on CNN). He appeared on MSNBC’s network seven times back on May 3, 2018, and was most often on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” where he was a guest 16 times in that same time period.