As Twitchy reported, celebrity porn lawyer Michael Avenatti was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and charged with fraud and identity theft, as well as attempted extortion:
A federal grand jury in NY indicted Michael Avenatti on Wednesday in two alleged schemes, charging him with fraud and aggravated identity theft involving his former client, Stormy Daniels, and with attempting to extort more than $20 million from sportswear giant Nike, per @eorden
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 22, 2019
Is he still running for president, though?
— Rogue Ivanka (Parody Account) (@MarALagoPoolBoy) May 22, 2019
The Free Beacon already put together an amazing video compilation of media figures praising Avenatti — hey, they actually thought he was going to take down President Trump — and people are waiting for CNN’s media hall monitor Brian Stelter to weigh in, seeing as word is out that Avenatti had a terrible temper and berated and intimidated employees at CNN and MSNBC, getting in their faces and abusing them verbally.
While we wait for Stelter’s take on Wednesday’s news, a lot of people are revisiting a tweet from Stelter a year ago this month in which he teased his take on Avenatti in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 9, 2018
We know CNN loved him and considered him their master for quite a few months. Stelter wrote:
Love him or hate him, Michael Avenatti is a master of the media.
On Tuesday, the biggest story of the day was President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal — until Avenatti tweeted about his latest findings in the Michael Cohen investigation.
Just after 5 p.m., Avenatti revealed via Twitter that Cohen received approximately $500,000 after the election from a company linked to a Russian oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin. Avenatti presented a document full of details about payments to Cohen.
He’s “attempting to connect the dots between the Russia probe and the Michael Cohen investigation,” The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand wrote.
Yeah, he was doing the Lord’s work helping move Robert Mueller’s Russia probe forward. No wonder the media made him their master.
*of CNN and MSNBC https://t.co/h9fa2AaREw
— Chris Pack (@ChrisPack716) May 22, 2019
This will never not be funny. Of all the great self-owns on this hellsite, this is up there. https://t.co/TmUQ1VrQ4p
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) May 22, 2019
This aged quite swimmingly https://t.co/otCJHeOmEE
— Jeremy Frankel (@FrankelJeremy) May 22, 2019
— Federalist Musket?? (@Patriot_Musket) May 22, 2019
Only a master of fools, perhaps a distinction without a difference in this case though https://t.co/tWGl9Df910
— Curtis Woodard (@curtinsea) May 22, 2019
Well, he certainly played Tater!
— Mark Culham ? (@mdculham) May 22, 2019
We tried to warn ya'll.
— marcy jayne (@marcellajay41) May 22, 2019
In an industry with accountability, this human clown show would never be seen again. But, alas, the news media is not such an industry … https://t.co/Qfz2hYX8F9
— Joe Kehoskie (@joe_kehoskie) May 22, 2019
Yeah, cause “the media” is just as corrupt as him. You know this. Your part of the problem, eunuch. https://t.co/enqSHzv5kU
— Brennan (@TheBrennanCo) May 22, 2019
This aged well, Tater. https://t.co/2XY5rVp6RB
— stock ?⭕️⚡️?? (@_mattstock_) May 22, 2019
He certainly played you like a fiddle https://t.co/hPBPOxDUn5
— Rev. Matthew Codd (@mmcodd) May 22, 2019
He was certainly a master baiter.https://t.co/7dPMo1jB7u
— Duane Sugimura (@DuaneSugimura) May 22, 2019
— Solvet Saeclum In Favilla (@TomCrowe) May 22, 2019
— Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) May 22, 2019
— Bob Malak (@bob_malak) May 22, 2019
— Maindrian Pace (@MaindrianPace73) May 22, 2019
This is CNN. https://t.co/Fdl7wTisvR
— John J. Anzac (@anzac_j) May 22, 2019
But he was all up in Trump’s face … what was CNN supposed to do? Not make him a national celebrity?
'DISGRACEFUL': Tucker Carlson's chyron refers to Michael Avenatti as 'Creepy Porn Lawyer' https://t.co/OhEmuQ1l7D
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 14, 2018