A new analysis reveals that two cable TV outlets are obsessed with the Stormy Daniels saga, so much so that they have interviewed her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, more than 130 times.
The numbers also show one other major outlet seems hardly interested in the story at all.
Who is covering the story most?
According to Newsbusters, CNN and MSNBC, two outlets President Donald Trump has targeted for being “fake news” — in reality they are just heavy in their coverage of negative Trump stories — have interviewed Avenatti 131 times over the last 10 weeks.
That’s an average of 13 times each week for the last 10 weeks. In total, the analysis found Avenatti had appeared on cable TV 147 times between March 7 and May 15.
Newsbusters’ analysis found CNN is responsible for the most coverage with 74 interviews. Network anchor Anderson Cooper has covered the Stormy Daniels story the most, including 20 interviews with Avenatti. That means Cooper has averaged two interviews with Daniels’ lawyer each week since March 7.
MSNBC, on the other hand, has featured Avenatti in 57 segments over the last 10 weeks, with network host Lawrence O’Donnell covering him the most at 16 interviews.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, CNN and MSNBC’s Avenatti coverage equates to almost $175 million in free media, allowing Daniels’ to raise more money for her legal pursuits against the president.
Who is covering the story least?
Other mainstream media outlets had much less Daniels and Avenatti coverage, Newsbusters revealed. ABC has interviewed Avenatti six times, CBS five times, and NBC four times.
Newsbusters’ analysis found that Fox News, a right-leaning news outlet with very favorable Trump coverage, has interviewed Avenatti just once.
In any other political environment, the media would provide near-equal coverage to a story accusing the president of having an affair with a porn star while his wife was pregnant and later paying the adult star a six-figure sum of hush money.
How does CNN’s coverage compare to other important stories?
During the heat of the 2016 primary season, Newsbusters found that CNN interviewed Trump just 30 times during the busiest 10-week stretch of the campaign. Meanwhile, they interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), one of the biggest stories of the election season, just 18 times during his busiest 10-week stretch.