House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, has created his own partisan news site online to bypass the mainstream media.
The site can easily be found by typing carepublican.com into a web browser. It says it is a “media/news company” and that it is “Delivering the best of U.S., California and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis” and is paid for by the Devin Nunes Campaign Committee.
The California Republican resembles a local, conservative news site, Politico said.
Never miss a local story.
Monday, the top article was headlined “Time for California cities to come clean on ballooning pension costs” and links to an article by California political columnist Dan Walters.
Other linked articles were critical about high-speed rail – a project Republicans have long opposed – and California’s status as a “sanctuary state.”
The mention by Politico is clearly benefiting the website in terms of traffic. The Politico article dated Sunday reported the website had 3,705 followers. A day later, however, that number had grown to 6,419 followers and was continuing to grow.
The attention apparently caused issues because there’s a post stating, “Due to heavy traffic and an attack on our servers, you may encounter an error message when attempting to reach The Republican. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Also, some linked articles failed to connect to the original sources.
Nunes has been a staunch defender of President Donald Trump. Nunes has come under scrutiny by the national media for his role in the Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election for president.
Lately, he became a nationally recognized figure with the release of what is called the Nunes memo alleging that the FBI and Department of Justice purposely mislead a special court to get permission to spy on an American citizen associated with the Trump campaign because upper-level officials were motivated by anti-Trump bias.
Democrat Andrew Janz, who is seeking to unseat Nunes from the 22nd Congressional District, which includes Tulare, Visalia, Clovis and part of Fresno, called the website “fake news.”
“It's no wonder Nunes had to create his own fake news site since he won’t even give The Bee, our local paper, a quote,” he said. “Devin should spend more time working for the Central Valley and less time promoting himself and his antics protecting the president.”
A request to Nunes’ office in Washington, D.C. for a response about the Politico piece was not immediately answered.