In journalism this is known as getting out in front of a story. We should consider the strong possibility that the same tactic — i. By a stroke of good fortune, Cohen already had a sex-scandal-with-an-adult-entertainer-hush-money-NDA template in his hard drive, since he had recently drafted at least one for Donald Trump. That economical use of attorney resources explained away what otherwise could have been a very awkward detail in the narrative. It has since been repeated as fact by just about every major media outlet in the country.