Nunes creates own media outlet to deliver ‘news, sports, and analysis’

Nunes creates own media outlet to deliver ‘news, sports, and analysis’
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Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor MORE's (R-Calif.) campaign has created its own news site, which claims to put out "the best of US, California, and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis.”

The site, called "The California Republican," is paid for by Nunes's campaign committee, Politico reported.

The website features a variety of articles, including "Understanding the process behind #ReleaseTheMemo" and "CNN busted for peddling fake news AGAIN!"


According to Politico, the website was registered by a Fresno-area communications consultant, Alex Tavlian. The company has been paid $7,773 from Nunes's campaign since July for "advertising; digital advertising management."

Anthony Ratekin, Nunes’s chief of staff, declined to comment on the record to Politico, instead railing against the publication's work.

“Until Politico retracts its multitude of fake stories on Congressman Nunes, we will not go on the record,” he said.

The website says on its Facebook page it is a "Media/News Company." It currently has about 3,600 likes on Facebook.

Andrew Janz, the Democratic prosecutor challenging Nunes for his California House seat, said the website is "typical Devin Nunes."

“He’s got fake memos, fake websites and fake news,” Janz said, according to 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.”

Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is a frequent critic of the media and has in the past lamented "fake news."

He was last thrown into the spotlight this month for leading the charge to release a GOP memo drafted by his staff that alleges surveillance abuses at the Justice Department.

Updated at 2:04 p.m.