A conservative news outlet Wednesday assailed the second-place standing on CNN of "important news" on the release of three Americans from North Korea — yet postponed to conduct an interview with frequent TV guest and porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti.
According to Townhall, the flight home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the three American detainees was relegated to a small box in the corner of the screen during an interview with Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
For five minutes, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Avenatti about his client's lawsuit against President Donald Trump, while Avenatti offered his personal opinion of beleaguered Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
The questioning included asking Avenatti about reports a U.S. company tied to a Russian oligarch paid $500,000 to Cohen's company — and whether Trump's personal lawyer used the money to pay the adult film actress $130,000 in hush money.
"That may be the case," Avenatti opined, calling for Cohen to release the bank statements and let the public "decide whether there was anything improper" about the payments.
"In the midst of all this, there is big, breaking news," anchor Chris Cuomo then told viewers.
"This is breaking news and important news," White House correspondent Abby Phillips declared — 10 minutes after the announcement, according to Townhall.
"Trump deserves kudos for this," Cuomo said.
The release of the hostages is believed to be part of the Trump administration's demands ahead of the planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled for later this month or June, Townhall noted. North Korea has also halted missile tests.
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