Michael Avenatti was arrested Wednesday for domestic violence but according to a conservative media watchdog group, MSNBC and CNN downplayed the arrest in the way they chose to cover one of their former frequent guests.
According to Fox News:
Avenatti, a frequent President Trump critic and the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, made bail after his arrest on domestic violence charges and said he will be “fully exonerated.” However, a Media Research Center study is faulting the networks that made him famous, saying they soft-pedaled the negative news about the #Resistance hero.
According to the MRC study, TMZ broke the news of Avenatti’s arrest at 5:45 p.m. ET. ABC, NBC and CBS all fit the news into their 6:30 p.m. ET newscasts, and the story quickly exploded on social media.
“While the news was being widely reported for over an hour, MSNBC didn’t get to it until the final minute of their six o’clock program,” Fondacaro wrote. ‘CNN put off reporting on Avenatti’s arrest for almost two hours… It was obvious CNN was dragging their feet.”
According to the study, MSNBC didn’t mention Avenatti’s arrest until 6:59 p.m. ET, while CNN finally reported the news at 7:42 p.m. ET.
The report went on to note that MSNBC brushed off the development while CNN used most of their time to correct the original report by TMZ.