For the past couple of months the liberal media has spent an inordinate amount of time focused on an alleged affair more than a dozen years ago between a former porn star named Stormy Daniels and then-businessman/TV star Donald Trump.
It has been said that the affair was consensual, but that Trump and his lawyers had paid Daniels “hush money” and required her to sign a non-disclosure agreement that prevented her from speaking publicly about the tryst … yet talk about it she has, as liberals seek to find a way in which the alleged affair could lead to President Trump’s impeachment.
That liberal obsession with all things Stormy culminated Sunday night in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” between Daniels and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper — but the uncritical belief in Daniels’ claims may have just come to an end in direct response to that incredibly hyped interview.
Quite surprisingly, the anti-Trump hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” — who rarely have met an anti-Trump story they won’t promote to the hilt to disparage the president — began to express their own doubts about Daniels’ story following the “60 Minutes” interview, according to the Washington Examiner.
Co-host Joe Scarborough declared on Monday’s program that “a lot of questions actually were raised, at least for me by that interview.”
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, had led everyone to believe that conclusive evidence of the alleged affair would be revealed in the interview. But no such evidence was produced, which led Scarborough to question, “What exactly are they waiting for if this is about truth, justice, and the American way?”
“It seemed to me a lot more inconsistencies and a lot more questions about her motives … sometimes the story didn’t line up and just to be honest there were a lot of questions that should have been asked,” he added in a subtle shot at Cooper, who by all accounts failed to really press Daniels’ on her claims.
As to the prior assertions by Avenatti that evidence would soon be produced, the Examiner noted that Scarborough stated, “As a young lawyer, I remember being told never over-promise. … It seems to me that we have an attorney that’s done just the opposite.”
Likewise, “Morning Joe” panelist Heidi Pryzbyla noted “we were expecting to see some kind of evidence” and publicly wondered if Daniels did indeed “actually have that evidence.”
In another surprising example of how the vaunted Daniels interview failed to live up to its billing, the reliably anti-Trump The Washington Post also appeared to finally be taking a critical look at her salacious claims.
It was noted that Daniels herself admitted that she understood why some people didn’t wholly believe her story, as she had previously denied the allegations of an affair numerous times over several years, only coming public about it now.
In fact, she had called the claim “bull—-” in 2011 and twice denied its occurrence in written statements earlier in 2018. Yet now we are expected to believe she is telling the truth?
Furthermore, while she wasn’t paid for the “60 Minutes” interview, she did admit to taking advantage of financial opportunities that had arisen in the wake of the “scandal,” which only confirms the suspicion held by some that she is merely seeking fame and fortune in making the allegations.
As to the claim that she was “physically threatened” by an unknown person — presumably somebody on Trump’s team — to remain quiet about the alleged affair, she offered no conclusive evidence, nor did she produce any of the alleged pictures and text messages commemorating the affair she was said to have in her possession.
Finally, she also made it clear that the alleged affair was consensual — which would undermine the #MeToo narrative that many in the liberal media had hoped to pin on this story as an example of Trump’s supposedly sexist mistreatment of women.
All in all, the Stormy Daniels interview failed to live up to its hype so much that even those in the media who’ve been salivating over the story for months must now pause and reconsider their initial blind acceptance of her disputed claims.
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