The big story this morning seems to be Rudy Giuliani saying on Fox News that President Trump reimbursed his lawyer for a $130,000 “shut up and go away” payment to porn star Stormy Daniels over an alleged one-night tryst 11 years ago.
Some people are saying this is a nothingburger, and it actually undercuts a legal threat to Trump because it wasn’t campaign money (hence Giuliani, who is a lawyer, purposely saying it.) The anti-Trump media outlets are making a federal case out of it (“We’ve got that wily wabbit now!!”) I’m not a lawyer and don’t know about the legalities. I also don’t know what the full story is: Rudy didn’t make it clear whether Trump knowingly reimbursed his attorney for this specific expense or just had him on a retainer to repay all expenses paid on his behalf (I hate to break it to Trump haters, but people who run both multi-billion-dollar corporations and presidential campaigns don’t vet every expense personally.) I also don’t know the answer to the question that millions of Americans must be asking themselves: if this woman accepted $130,000 to shut up and go away, then why won’t she shut up and go away already?
Probably because if she went away, CNN would have to sign off the air. The Media Research Center looked into CNN’s coverage from March 7 to April 30. In less than two months, while such major news stories as the North Korean nuclear turnaround were happening, CNN somehow found time to interview Michael Avanatti, porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, a staggering 59 times! He must’ve been living in CNN’s studios. Perhaps in a sign that the Russian collusion narrative is pooping out, Trump-bashing Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who gets his healthy tan from TV lights, saw his CNN appearances drop 40% to only 17 during that same period.
By comparison, during the same period of less than two months, while CNN was interviewing the porn star's mouthpiece 59 times, all 51 Republican Senators combined received just 34 interviews.
THIS…is CNN! Boom-chicka-wow-wow!...
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