CNN's Brian Stelter defends Avenatti coverage, his past praise as a 2020 'contender'

Inside the media’s embarrassing obsession with Michael Avenatti

Media darling no more: Avenatti enjoyed extensive TV time before indictment; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five.’

CNN chief media correspondent and "Reliable Sources" anchor Brian Stelter defended the extensive coverage disgraced anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti received when making his debut as the legal representation of adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

This week, Avenatti was hit with another round of criminal charges, this time over his alleged defrauding of Daniels. This latest legal troubled renewed criticism of the media coverage he had received, which was mostly glowing as he was seen as a warrior in the #Resistence and many believed he might have a role in takedown of resident Trump.

A mash-up from the Washington Free Beacon featured an interview Stelter had with Avenatti, propping up the lawyer's prospects of a presidential run.

"I don't know that it's a good thing that star power and TV savvy is required for the job, but I think it is," Stelter told Avenatti, pointing to President Obama and President Trump as examples. "Looking ahead to 2020, one of the reasons why I'm taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news."

Stelter made it clear, however, that he was not "taking him seriously anymore" and that he "owns" his comments.

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