“View” host Meghan McCain called for apologies from her colleagues in the media after the Justice Department indicted attorney Michael Avenatti for allegedly defrauding his client and porn star Stormy Daniels.
McCain lamented the fact that she and others in the media helped Avenatti gain attention.
“I think all of us in the media — he was on CNN like 211 times — we owe Stormy Daniels an apology,” she said.
“What this woman has been put through — she has had lawyer after lawyer take advantage of her, men take advantage of her. Her story is still very valid,” McCain said.
Co-host Joy Behar pushed back on the idea that she owed Daniels an apology.
“I’m not clear, why do I owe her an apology?” Behar asked.
McCain responded by claiming that her show “put up a fraudster” by hosting Avenatti.
According to research from the conservative Media Research Center, Avenatti appeared only twice on Fox News but 121 times on CNN, 108 times on MSNBC, and 24 times on broadcast news. Avenatti also received an estimated $174,631,598.07 in free media during a few months in 2018.
Amid the news, The Washington Free Beacon, which reported that estimate, posted a series of clips in which television hosts, including Behar, promoted the controversial attorney.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg followed McCain by arguing that Avenatti “fooled” the show. “Let’s go from here, this was her lawyer. So, she was fooled, the show was fooled … and the bottom line in all of this is you don’t know till you know,” Goldberg said.
Avenatti, in an emailed statement to Fox News, said he would be exonerated.
“I look forward to a jury hearing all of the evidence and passing judgment on my conduct,” he said.
“At no time was any money misappropriated or mishandled. I will be fully exonerated once the relevant emails, contracts, text messages, and documents are presented.”
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.
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