Pres. Donald Trump’s biggest fan and favorite lackey—House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes—has created his very own “fake news” website: carepublican.com, short for California Republican.
The outlet includes stories dating from mid-2017, when it was registered by a Fresno-area communications consultant, Alex Tavlian. Nunes’ campaign has paid Tavlian’s company, Sultana Media, $7,773 since July for “advertising; digital advertising management.”
Reached Saturday, Tavlian said his company registered several domains for Nunes’ campaign. But he said he did not manage “The California Republican” and was unfamiliar with it.
Here’s the beauty of it: he is paying for it with funds from his campaign committee, according to the small print at the bottom of the site. Oh and incidentally, the site’s been mysteriously taken down, so we can’t screengrab that for you, but here’s what you get when you go to the website.
Although we can’t see it (cuz the weasel took it down), Politico reports that the site basically does what a lot of “fake news” sites do: serve up excerpts from other publications, both conservative AND the mainstream media that Nunes loves to discredit.
Some of the headlines from the site (which we can’t see cuz the weasel took the site down….have we said that already?):
“CNN busted for peddling fake news AGAIN!”
“California’s budget future isn’t as good as it looks.”
“Billions of dollars later, Democrats and the LA Times start to see the light on high-speed rail.”
And there is this jab at his fellow Californian, Rep. Ted Lieu, who is an outspoken critic of not only Trump but also Nunes’ infamous memo.
“Dem CA Rep roasted on CNN, proceeds to make a fool of himself.”
Apparently Nunes, or whoever’s writing this garbage for him, couldn’t actually put Lieu’s name in the headline, probably because they’d like for their
sheeple readers to believe that this is a site run by just another random, rabid, and angry right-wing blogger.
They offered this
excuse reason, but as you can see, the left is out in full force giving him (much deserved) shit on the site’s Facebook page about his lame attempt at self-promotion.
His social media accounts are still up (as of this writing), and you KNOW we screengrabbed all of this deliciousness for you.
Here is his unverified Facebook page, where he’s posting articles about himself.
In the articles, the writer talks about Nunes in third person.
In the “About” section of his Facebook page, he lists the website as one that covers “news, sports, and analysis.” For example, it covered the Fresno State football team this year.
Here’s the Twitter account, where he is naturally retweeting himself and Trump. Oh and inspiring little bits of wisdom like “The truth needs to be heard.”
He did use his newfound anonymity to take a petty jab at Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who has recently been leading the charge against Nunes’ memo about the Russia scandal.
He has a whopping 28 followers on Twitter. Likely that number will quickly increase as all of us on the left follow him so we can ridicule and troll him.
The account is following two people: Nunes himself and Donald Trump. Be sure to note the Twitter tagline, which acknowledges that it’s an “unofficial account” that reports “real news” (hahaha) and claims that Politico is “fake news.”
The funny thing is, on the Facebook page and Twitter account, he repeatedly talks about fake news. Obsessed much? And crazy in light of him creating his own fake news site. I’m guessing he had this tweet scheduled before he himself was exposed as a purveyor of fake news.
Is it just self-promotion, though? Did he create this lame website for the purpose of “exposing” fake news? Or is it about money? According to OpenSecrets.org, Nunes’ net worth is only $158,001, a paltry sum in comparison to his more wealthy colleagues.
We’d LOVE to see the site so that we can see if it has advertising on it, like those icky Viagra and dating site ads. After all, he’s stepping down as head of the House inquiry into the Russia collusion scandal, and he has a strong Democratic challenger for his re-election bid, Andrew Janz. Maybe he’s thinking if he can make a little ad revenue, he can just retire from politics altogether, or have a backup plan if he loses the election.
Rep. Adam Schiff reserved judgment and declined to comment, but Janz said it was “typical Devin Nunes.”
“He’s got fake memos, fake websites and fake news,” Janz said. “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.”
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