California Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes is no stranger to controversy 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 become clear in tiny text at the lower end of the website.
The site, which promotes Nunes’ recent controversial hobby horse effort to “release the memoranda, ” 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 stories attacking CNN for “fake news”–including one example that assaults 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 fault.
— 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 declaration that he seems victimized by the mainstream press. He lately 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 succumb in darkness. The trouble is, is the darkness is emanating from the mainstream media themselves, ” Nunes said, according to Politico. “I mean, they refuse, 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 such representatives. Andrew Janz, a Democratic challenger for California’s 22 nd congressional district House seat, blasted Nunes with multiple claims of fakery.” He’s got fake memoes, 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 only 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 documents before writing memos based on those documents. https :// t.co/ uUHMS7CMQ 2
— Ted Lieu (@ tedlieu) February 11, 2018
Nunes, 44, stirred major contention 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 release was opposed by the FBI and congressional Democrats, citing national security concerns, but it was approved by the White House. Democratic lawmakers have since raced and rebutted a number of the memo’s central accusations, and the Trump White House has blocked the liberate of a memoranda addressed in Nunes’ claims.
Update 10:54 am, Feb. 12: Nunes’ website now redirects to a Facebook page.