As if we haven’t heard enough out of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, now he’s started his very own alternative news site to ensure he can get his alternative facts to as many of his sycophants as possible.
Like every right-wing minion of President Donald Trump, Nunes swears that mainstream media is out to get him with lies and smears.
“Almost every story is fake news. … Almost every story that runs aout me is fake,” Nunes told radio host Rush Limbaugh. “I mean, it’s unbelievebale the stuff that is out there.”
So, Nunes, much like President Trump and Kim Jong-un before him, has an answer to the negative press: Create your very own channel to filter as much propaganda to the masses as possible.
HIS CAMPAIGN PAID FOR IT
Nunes’ new site resembles all the other conservative sites. Politico reports:
“The California Republican” is classified as a “media/news company” on Facebook. It claims to cover “the best of US, California, and Central Valley News, Sports, and analysis.”
The site itself is paid for by Nunes’ own campaign committee. A Fresno area communications consultant named Alex Tavlian used his company titled Sultana Media to pay $7,773 since July for “advertising, digital advertising management.”
“Understanding the process behind #ReleaseTheMemo,” was the most recent headline on the news page.
Plain and simple, this is yet another move to control the narrative by the right. Like his memo, this site will serve as a way for Nunes to get his version of the truth to the masses.
Nunes came under scrutiny recently for releasing a memo that claimed the F.B.I. abused its power when opening the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The Fresno Bee, the leading newspaper in Nunes’ district, published an editorial around a month ago in which Nunes is called “Trump’s stooge.” The piece went on to accuse Nunes of:
“Doing dirty work for House Republican leaders trying to protect President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation.”
A study out of the University of Oxford proved recently what everyone knew was true: The vast majority of fake news consumed is by those on the right. As a matter of fact, the report states that conservatives:
“Share more junk news than all the other audiences put together.”
Now Nunes has made that even more accessible with his own contribution to the stream of actual fake news. Andrew Janz is Nunes Democratic challenger, and he put it best when he said:
“He’s got fake memos, fake websites, and fake news. 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.”
The problem every single one of us as progressives face is exacly how to cut through the propaganda and reach those lost in that world of lies. Honestly, at this point, the person that figures out how to finally reach those lost in that world will go down in history alongside the ones that cure cancer and the common cold.
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