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Michael Avenatti has appeared on CNN and MSNBC 108 times since March 7, says Free Beacon

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, has done 108 interviews on cable news outlets CNN and MSNBC since March 7, according to an analysis by the conservative Washington Free Beacon released Friday.

A study by the publication found that Avenatti, a ubiquitous presence on cable television for the last two months, has appeared on CNN 65 times and MSNBC 43 times between March 7 and May 10.

The 47-year-old attorney has also appeared on broadcast network programs, including NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" and "Today," ABC's "The View" and "Good Morning America," HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" and CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "60 Minutes."

Avenatti has not appeared frequently on Fox News, but was interviewed by anchor Shannon Bream on "Fox News at Night" on March 20.

He was slated to appear on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on April 23, but cancelled due to what he described at the time as a commitment to a legal case.

The Free Beacon offered an estimate of the "earned" media from the appearances by multiplying the total length of all interviews combined on a software program called "National Publicity Value," and using the media monitoring service TV Eyes, which can track all individual appearances. It offered an estimate of $174,631,598.07.

Avenatti recently challenged Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who recently joined Trump's legal team, to a live debate on national television this past Tuesday.

"I think it would be very helpful for the public to witness a discussion between Mr. Giuliani and me concerning the facts of the case, etc.," Avenatti tweeted. "I am willing to participate on any network provided both sides are provided a fair shake. I am also willing to do it on 12-hrs notice."

Giuliani turned down the offer while calling Avenatti "a clown."

"I don't debate people like him. I'm not going to give him all that time on television," he told Politico on Friday. "What did he ever run for? What public service did he ever do? I'm going to debate him? This guy is a clown."

Avenatti has criticized Guiliani, mocking his interviews and saying he is helping Daniels's case.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is locked in a legal battle with Trump over a $130,000 payment she received weeks before the 2016 election.

The payment was part of a nondisclosure agreement, which Daniels says was regarding an affair she says she had with Trump a decade earlier. 

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