Howard Kurtz Slams Media Over Cohen Coverage: ‘Shocked to Discover That There’s Gambling in Casablanca’

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz opened today’s MediaBuzz knocking CNN and MSNBC for their focus on the Michael Cohen payments over President Trump‘s withdrawal from the Iran deal. In the past week, payments to Cohen from multiple companies––one linked to a Russian oligarch––were first revealed by Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti and subsequently confirmed by multiple news outlets. “These disclosures about Michael Cohen are news, period,” Kurtz said. “But are they more important than the global impact of the President walking away from the Iran nuclear agreement?” Gillian Turner said it self-evidently isn’t, while Mollie Hemingway said this was a “criminal leak” and “an attempt to tie this to the Russia conspiracy.” Kurtz did note his own network’s primetime coverage (or, rather, lack thereof) of Cohen, saying it’s “gotten far less coverage” on Fox. But he also went on to say this:
“The media are just shocked, Continue reading "Howard Kurtz Slams Media Over Cohen Coverage: ‘Shocked to Discover That There’s Gambling in Casablanca’"

Michael Avenatti Responds to Latest Giuliani Flub: ‘This Guy Is a Walking Train Wreck’

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, says Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is a “walking train wreck” and that Giuliani should keep talking because he’s only helping Avenatti and Daniels’ case. Avenatti made the comment to MSNBC’s Joy Reid on AM Joy Saturday. The remark came after HuffPo published an article in which Giuliani seemed to once again contradict what the White House had previously said about Trump’s role in the Department of Justice’s anti-trust case involving the AT&T/Time Warner merger deal. AT&T was one of the several companies that reportedly paid Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars for “insight” into the Trump administration. “So you uncovered all of this information about the companies that were paying Michael Cohen. Then you have Giuliani, who is supposed to be helping, come out and say, it didn’t Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Responds to Latest Giuliani Flub: ‘This Guy Is a Walking Train Wreck’"

Sarah Sanders Gave ‘Emotional’ Speech Lambasting WH Staff For Leaking McCain Comments…And It Leaked

“It is actually unheard of for a White House.” That’s how Axios’ Jonathan Swan described the leaks coming out of the White House on MSNBC Saturday. His latest report, based on five sources, details a meeting Sarah Huckabee Sanders had with the White House communications team, in which she decried leakers. The contents of that meeting, of course, leaked to Swan. The White House is currently struggling to deal with the fallout from comments made by staffer Kelly Sadler in a private meeting, in which she dissmissed Sen. John McCain‘s opposition to CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel by quipping “he’s dying anyway.” That comment leaked earlier this week, and after Sanders held a meeting with her comms staff to lambaste the leak of those private comments, that meeting leaked as well. According to Swan’s reporting, a “visibly upset and furious” Sanders told the group of Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Gave ‘Emotional’ Speech Lambasting WH Staff For Leaking McCain Comments…And It Leaked"

Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Denies He is Auditioning for a Cable News Gig

Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti has been on a non-stop media blitz that has him constantly on cable news and talking about his appearances and mentions on Twitter. Yet, at least according to Avenatti, he is not actually trying to seek a career on television despite speculation prompted, in part, by his own past comments and seemingly unquenchable appetite Continue reading "Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Denies He is Auditioning for a Cable News Gig"

New Analysis Looks at How Much Free Media Michael Avenatti Has Gotten — And It’s Huge

Michael Avenatti has been on cable news a lot lately and he knows it. And, as far as he’s concerned, the strategy is working. If you’re a regular viewer of CNN or MSNBC, you’ve probably seen him appear a lot in the past few weeks. And given how he broke some news this week about money paid to Michael Cohen, it’s a safe bet he isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s gotten to the point where MSNBC was openly wondering this morning if Avenatti is auditioning for their network. Hell, he’s already feuding with cable news hosts from a rival network:

Fox News Host Calls Out MSNBC For Covering North Korea Prisoner Release For Only 30 Seconds

Fox News host Todd Piro donned his media critic hat on Friday morning, pointing out that MSNBC’s primetime lineup devoted a grand total of 30 seconds to the news that three American detainees were released from North Korea. President Donald Trump welcomed the three Americans at Joint Base Andrews early Thursday morning, who were released by the North Korean regime ahead of talks between the country’s leader and the U.S. president. Piro first aired a montage of hosts from various networks — from CNN to MSNBC — criticizing Trump despite the release of the prisoners. After noting that Fox & Friends First covered the prisoner release extensively on Thursday morning, Piro then aired a graphic breaking down how much time network evening news devoted to the story. According to Fox News’ research, NBC News clocked in at 2 minutes 20 seconds, ABC News at 3 minutes, and CBS News Continue reading "Fox News Host Calls Out MSNBC For Covering North Korea Prisoner Release For Only 30 Seconds"

Morning Joe Laces Into Pence For His Call to End Mueller Probe: ‘Playing the Role of Spiro Agnew…’

“I think it’s a fair time to start asking this question,” said Joe Scarborough Thursday morning on MSNBC. “What did Mike Pence know and when did he know it?” Mike Pence is often spared of the venom spewed by the Morning Joe crew in the direction of President Donald Trump and many others in his administration. But Scarborough and company turned their ire upon the vice president following his comments to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell — in which he called for a hasty end to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe. “In the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up, and I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” Pence said. To Scarborough, that plea from the veep was a red flag. “Mike Pence has been claiming that he was just out in the dark,” the Continue reading "Morning Joe Laces Into Pence For His Call to End Mueller Probe: ‘Playing the Role of Spiro Agnew…’"