Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti has earned nearly $175
million in free media during his appearances on cable outlets
MSNBC and CNN over the past two months, a Washington Free Beacon
Daniels, a porn actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford,
claims she slept with President Donald Trump in 2006 and
received a $130,000 hush payment from Trump's attorney Michael
Cohen. She has also said she was physically threatened to keep
silent about it. Trump has denied the affair.
The Washington Free Beacon analyzed 108 appearances by Avenatti
on MSNBC and CNN over a 64-day period from March 7 to May 10. To
calculate his earned media time, the Free Beacon multiplied the
length of his appearances on a program by its "National
Publicity Value" determination from media monitoring site
The total came out to $174,631,598.07 from at least 65 CNN
appearances and 43 MSNBC appearances. Avenatti's favorite shows
include CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" (at least 20 interviews),
MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" (14), CNN's "New
Day" (12), CNN's "Tonight with Don Lemon" (eight), and MSNBC's
"Deadline White House" (seven).
As previously reported by conservative media watch dog
NewsBusters, Avenatti has appeared on CNN an average of more
than once per day during the period under analysis.