On February 11, 2018 Poltico wrote a story about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a relentless critic of the media, and his creation of a partisan news website called The California Republican.
According to Politico, the website resembles a local, conservative news site, “The California Republican” is classified on Facebook as a “media/news company” and claims to deliver “the best of US, California, and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis.”
In small print at the bottom of the page it is disclosed that the website is paid for by Nunes’ campaign committee.
Shortly after the Politico story broke and several other left leaning news outlets picked up on it, carepublican.com went dead. A message on the The California Republican Facebook Page reads: “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.” Interestingly, carepublican.com now redirects straight to their Facebook Page.
Asked for comment about “The California Republican” website, Anthony Ratekin, Nunes’ chief of staff, said in an email Saturday: “Until Politico retracts its multitude of fake stories on Congressman Nunes, we will not go on the record.”
Andrew Janz, Nunes’ main Democratic challenger in his reelection bid, did not hold back. Told of the website’s existence by Politico, he derided the publication as “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.”
Media Bias Fact Check is hoping to review this website if and when it comes back online.