Earlier this week, we reported that the disgraced lawyer and former Donald Trump foe Michael Avenatti had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison trying to extort Nike for $25 million. He will also be facing trial again for fraud in California next month, and a third trial next year for scamming his former client Stormy Daniels out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Prior to his downfall, Avenatti was a darling of the liberal media who earned himself a reputation for being willing to say anything against Trump if he was put on the news. In the wake of his sentencing, a 2018 clip has surfaced in which CNN host Brian Stelter actually told Avenatti that he was “taking hims seriously” as a 2020 presidential candidate.

“I don’t know if it’s a good thing that star power and TV savvy is required for the job. But I think it is,” Stelter said, according to Mediaite. “And by the way, I think President Obama also had a lot of TV star power and that helped him, pre-Trump. But Trump is more evidence of this, and looking ahead to 2020, one reason why I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.”

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Joe Concha explained to Fox News what Avenatti’s appeal was to the leftist media.

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“Avenatti hated Trump,” Concha said. “He provided raw meat for CNN and MSNBC audiences. And since he appeared for free, it’s was the cheapest of cheap content. He was strictly a media creation. Hyped to the tilt as some kind of credible voice and even elevated to presidential contender.”

“Yep- this is just another example of media activism in broad daylight,” he added. “And here’s the kicker- all the people on air who were part of this debacle will have almost no contrition.”

As to whether the media could learn a lesson from this debacle, Concha said, “I don’t know… maybe don’t befriend a shady hustler who plays a lawyer on TV, only to proceed to “interview” him dozens of times if you’re a network ‘anchor.'”