California Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes is no stranger to contention or critical news coverage. This might explain why he’s reportedly get into the news business himself. As Politico detailed on Sunday, Nunes’ campaign committee is bankrolling a conservative website under the name “The California Republican, ” as is made clear in tiny text at the bottom of the website.
The site, which promotes Nunes’ recent controversial hobby horse great efforts to “release the memo, ” likewise reportedly includes conservative news and analysis that has nothing specific to do with him. True to form for the modern GOP under Trump, the website includes tales attacking CNN for “fake news”–including one example that attacks Democratic California lawmaker Ted Lieu, accusing them of making a “fool” of himself.
— Hadas Gold (@ Hadas_Gold) February 11, 2018
On Sunday morning, the website was down due to an internal server mistake.
— Peter Kafka (@ pkafka) February 11, 2018
On Monday, the original URL redirected to the California Republican’s Facebook page, where it’s labeled a news/ media page.
It’s clear from Nunes’ recent statements that he seems victimized by the mainstream press. He recently told right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh that “almost every story that runs about me is fake” and derided the Washington Post ’s motto it adopted last year.
“Democracy does die in darkness. The problem is, is the darkness is emanating from the mainstream media themselves, ” Nunes said, according to Politico. “I mean, they reject, they perfectly refuse to cover the truth. They don’t want to cover it.”
Nunes’ office refused to comment to Politico regarding the website, instead offering a testy answer accusing the outlet of trafficking in” fake news” about the representative. Andrew Janz, a Democratic challenger for California’s 22 nd congressional district House seat, blasted Nunes with multiple claims of fakery.” He’s get fake memorandas, fake websites and fake news, ” Janz told Politico. “It’s disappointing to see a member of Congress, especially one who chairs an important committee, spread misinformation to his constituents, who he knows will just eat it up .”
Lieu chimed in, as well.
This is pretty funny. Rep @DevinNunes is now PAYING for a fake “alternative news” site to…attack folks like me.
Hey Devin, feel free to bellow me names because I’m cool like that.
But at least I actually read underlying records before writing memos based on those documents. https :// t.co/ uUHMS7CMQ 2
— Ted Lieu (@ tedlieu) February 11, 2018
Nunes, 44, conjured major controversy when he pushed for the release of a memoranda accusing the FBI of improper behaviour in acquiring a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The memo’s freeing was opposed by the FBI and congressional Democrats, quoting national security concerns, but it was approved by the White House. Democratic lawmakers have since contested and refuted a number of the memo’s central accusations, and the Trump White House has blocked the release of a memoranda addressed in Nunes’ claims.
Update 10:54 am, Feb. 12: Nunes’ website now redirects to a Facebook page.