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Kurtz: A President, a porn star, and the dangers of hype
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media salivating over the ’60 minutes’ Stormy Daniels interview, despite the story not moving forward.
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer succeeded in his customers played in the “60 minutes” appearance in the must-watch-TV-episode season of the series, the biggest ratings in a decade.
But there were significant delays, the yesterday against the former porn actress, and against their lawyer, Michael Avenatti for overselling the interview.
We all knew what Daniels wanted to say in advance that you had the time, consensual sexual encounter with Donald Trump back in 2006.
(We did not know, she would say she was not attracted to him and didn’t want to sleep with him. I got some flak for the description of her as a no-nonsense business woman, but tried to convey, your lack of heat, in contrast to Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model also in the Interview with Anderson Cooper, who has always said she would be in love with Trump.)
But on every other point, Stormy, cloudy was when it came to the provision of the proof.
Most symbolic, perhaps, was Daniels refused to comment on any photo or text evidence you might have, according to Avenatti, an image of a CD was in the case of Twitter, to build excitement for the interview.
Daniels also spoke with CBS about a physical threat, but an important element was missing.
She said a man confronted the to tell her in a Parking lot in 2011 because she was busy, her story to a magazine and “bent down and looked at my daughter and said, ‘This is a beautiful little girl. It would be a shame if something happened to your mother.'”
Pretty chilling stuff. But Daniels says you can’t recognize the man, and that they never went to the police. So it is impossible for others to verify your account.
The same is true for Daniels’ assertion that she was put under pressure, in the release statements, only in January, denied any affair with trump.
“As a matter of fact,” Cooper said, “the exact phrase was:” you can make your life a living hell, in many different ways.'”
And who is “you”?
“I’m not quite sure who they were,” Daniels acknowledged. “I believe that it is Michael Cohen.”
But this is speculation and brought a strongly-worded denial from the President’s personal lawyer, along with a cease-and-desist letter to Daniels.
And to buy, by the way, while Cohen admits was meant to be his $ 130,000 payment on your end of 2016, their silence, Daniels said on CBS that she did not want the deal because they wanted the story to come and hurt your family.
The bottom line is that Stormy Daniels really drive forward the plot. It is embarrassing for trump and his family, but not particularly harmful.
In the White house, the Deputy press spokesman of the Raj Shah apparently determined to give the shortest possible answers, and not to mention Stormy name. He said Trump has “clearly and consistently to those underlying claims, and the only person refused, which is inconsistent with the person claiming it.”
What Bill Clinton did was much worse, because he was then President, and sullied the White house, while Trump is a prominent businessman with almost no involvement in politics.
Another important difference is that, While some vilified, Monica Lewinsky, it was the public sympathy for you, as a young White house intern dealing with predatory behavior from your boss. With a porn actress and Playboy model, her sexuality professionally, not so much.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.