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Title: Nunes declares war on the media
Source: Politico
URL Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018 ... o-bee-newspaper-attacks-731032
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Author: DAVID SIDERS and STEPHANIE MURRAY
Post Date: 2018-07-18 19:29:57 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 188
Comments: 7

The California GOP congressman says his local paper is working with ‘radical left-wing groups.’

LOS ANGELES — Devin Nunes is sitting on an eye-popping pile of money he's raised in recent months, with little reason to spend it yet.

Except for one splurge: an unusually aggressive — and sustained — offensive against his local newspaper, which he is tearing into as “fake news.”

In a campaign ad running more than two minutes — and appearing not only online, but also on radio and TV — Nunes casts the dominant newspaper in his California district as a “band of creeping correspondents,” criticizing The Fresno Bee for its routine reporting practices and for its coverage of a controversy surrounding a winery in which the Republican congressman invests.

“Sadly, since the last election, The Fresno Bee has worked closely with radical left-wing groups to promote numerous fake news stories about me,” Nunes says in the ad, though he offers no evidence of collusion between The Bee and any group.

While it is not unusual for a member of Congress to complain about the media, Nunes’ airing of a lengthy attack against a prominent local newspaper stands apart — especially in a campaign in which Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, has had little reason to date to spend money at all.

Though drawing a tougher-than-usual challenge this year, Nunes represents a conservative-leaning district that President Donald Trump carried by nearly 10 points in 2016. Even Democratic polling puts Nunes ahead of Fresno prosecutor Andrew Janz, and the congressman’s fundraising advantage is staggering.

While Janz has emerged as one of the Democratic Party’s top online House candidate fundraisers, Nunes has managed to parlay his high-profile effort to delegitimize the Russia election probe into a fundraising juggernaut with conservatives across the United States. Nunes has banked more money than any other Republican House incumbent in California. This week, he reported raising about $7.4 million this election cycle, with $6.1 million in cash on hand. Nunes is also preparing to travel throughout the country raising money for other House Republicans.

Anthony Ratekin, Nunes’ chief of staff, wrote in an email that “we will be in every region of the country prior to the election and have more requests than days left in the year.”

Back home, however, Nunes appears fixated on the Central Valley’s media landscape. Earlier this year, POLITICO reported that Nunes was operating his own partisan news outlet, “The California Republican,” paid for Nunes’ campaign committee but designed to resemble a local, conservative news site. His broadside against The Bee, which started airing in June, remains near the top of the Nunes campaign’s website, and it is pinned at the top of its Facebook page.

“Now I signed up for this job, and I don’t mind the attacks,” Nunes says in the ad. “In fact, I find them rather amusing. I haven’t said much about The Bee’s strange crusade against me, even when Bee reporters went creeping around my neighbors’ and relatives’ homes. But The Bee has now run multiple articles slandering a California agribusiness simply because I’m one of the investors.”

He called The Bee’s reporting on the use of a yacht by a winery in which he is invested a “textbook example of fake news.”

While the Bee has forcefully defended its reporting, Nunes described the newspaper as “embarrassing” to the community.

Given the district’s conservative tilt and Nunes’ fundraising advantage, Rob Stutzman, a Sacramento-based Republican consultant who has been highly critical of Trump, said Nunes’ homing in on The Bee “does seem a bit unfocused.”

“Republicans have always seen the press as monolithically biased against them, and yet, you still figure out how to work within that context to get the message out through the press,” Stutzman said. “And the question is, ‘Can you get your message out without the press in this digital age?’ And the answer is you certainly can more than you used to, but making the press a foe has its limitations.”

Anthony Rendon, California’s Democratic Assembly speaker, went further. Coupled with Nunes' partisan news site, Rendon said the congressman's focus on The Bee “certainly sounds a little bit unstable, and sounds similar to the president’s behavior right now, too.”

“I think we’re seeing a lot of things manifest themselves publicly that we didn’t see in the past,” Rendon said, including "peoples’ insecurities and mental imbalances."

Nunes’ broadside against The Bee drew a sharp rebuke from the newspaper’s editorial board. Beneath the headline, “The real ‘fake news’ is Devin Nunes’ ad about The Bee,” the newspaper offered a point-by-point defense of its reporting and pointed out that, “far from being ‘radical, left wing,’ The Bee has endorsed [Nunes] in every election for Congress since he began in the House in 2003.”

This year, however, The Bee doubted Nunes would sit for an endorsement interview given his criticism of the paper, and it suggested his position was not without calculation: Nunes, the editorial board said, “loves to combine the words ‘radical’ and ‘left wing’ to make a point to his conservative base.”

The point is resonating, especially among retirees who make up Nunes’ top donor category, with Nunes raking in almost $376,000 from retired people this year — almost as much as Janz spent in the second quarter.

“I just feel that he’s targeted by the Democrats. And he’s done a very, very good job as the head of his committee on investigations, and I guess I kind of see him as the underdog right now,” said Gerald Monnin, a self-described social conservative living in Defiance, Ohio.

“I know he is definitely a target by a lot of the Democratic machines,” said Monnin, who donated $50 to the Nunes campaign in April, according to a Federal Election Commission report. “I think he gets to the details, he gets to the bottom of situations. I really believe he’s an honest person who is trying to do a good job. He’s not just a political hack.”

Robert Snellenberg, a 73-year-old conservative from Derby, Kansas, who has given $380 to Nunes over the past year, said, “I love Nunes because he's going after the corrupt DOJ and the corrupt FBI.”

Ratekin said Nunes aired the ad attacking The Bee only because “they went after a California family business as a means of attacking the congressman.”

But the anti-Fresno Bee campaign also reflects Nunes’ broader frustration with the media — and Nunes’ casting himself as a warrior under siege.

Indeed, for a politician who once enjoyed little recognition outside of California’s Central Valley, the controversy over the Russia probe has kept Nunes in high-profile company. After Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, Stephen Colbert of CBS' "The Late Show" showed an image of Nunes — alongside Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan — poking out of Putin’s pocket.

Asked last month about his reelection campaign by popular conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, Nunes said he has become accustomed to the forces of a “radical environmental movement,” “radical public employee unions” and a Democratic Party that he said has taken over the media.

“I’m a bit immune to this,” Nunes said. “If they’re attacking you, it means that you’re right over the target, and you’re hurting them.”


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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

The Fresno Bee Ess is indeed a nest of biased leftist vipers - I hope Nunes tears 'em a new barackhole.

They deserve it and he's brave enough to do it given his dogged determination the last two years to ferret out Hillary Bullshit Rodham.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-07-18   19:55:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

Even though the second amendment reads "shall not be infringed", the federal government licenses and regulates gun dealers, right?

Can't we do the same with news outlets? What good is served by a "free" press that lies to the public, tells only one side of a story, or refuses to even report the news if the story happens to be favorable to one political party?

Now, this wouldn't affect political commentators, newspaper editorials, opinion pieces, talk shows, or even late night comedians. Just news.

Actually, I think separating licensed news from opinion would be beneficial to everyone. Legitimate news providers would regain their credibility and everyone else is free to lie.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-19   10:23:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#2)

Even though the second amendment reads "shall not be infringed", the federal government licenses and regulates gun dealers, right?

Can't we do the same with news outlets?

What good is served by a "free" press that lies to the public, tells only one side of a story, or refuses to even report the news if the story happens to be favorable to one political party?

A lying MSM/press is far worse than no press.

We obviously have a Press/MSM/Academe who only task is to advance the agenda of the Left and One World Gummint while absurdly smearing/spinning every Trump act or word into "Hitler". The good news is that they've jumped the shark and only the hard-left and the idiots now believe any of it. It was brilliance by Trump to immediately paint the MSM as "FAKE" and discredit what he knew were going to be torrents of lies.

Let us also note that the CIA (see 'Operation: Mockingbird') has bought much of the major media and been spinning news and acting on behalf of the Left as well as the NWO/One World Gummint since just after WW2.

Unfortunately we now live the plot Orwell's Nightmare whereby, "During times of Universal Deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

Meanwhile, the Brennans, Stroks, Clappers, 0bamas, Comeys, Holders, etal are now desperately trying to portray *themselves* as THE "truth-tellers" -- aided of course by the MSM. Is anybody really swayed by their respective BS other than the hard-insane Left?

Liberator  posted on  2018-07-19   11:21:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Hank Rearden (#1)

The Fresno Bee Ess is indeed a nest of biased leftist vipers - I hope Nunes tears 'em a new barackhole.

They deserve it and he's brave enough to do it given his dogged determination the last two years to ferret out Hillary Bullshit Rodham.

Gotta love Nunes. Anyone who fearlessly goes after Madam von Pantsuit and Comey Inc have got YUGE brass balls.

He's apparently well-funded enough to hammer the Fresno BS. Nunes even more fired up now that he's being attacked...and so are his supporters. THAT good news for us, bad news for the Dem/Deep State perps.

Liberator  posted on  2018-07-19   11:26:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Liberator (#4)

Gotta love Nunes. Anyone who fearlessly goes after Madam von Pantsuit and Comey Inc have got YUGE brass balls.

I've been listening to Nunes for years as a regular weekly guest on the John Bachelor nightly national radio show (well worth the time; the guy's a great interviewer with the best rolodex in the biz - check a few of his archived podcasts and you'll see), back when he was focused on CA's Central Valley issues with water and enviroloons. He was tough then, so was prepared for his move to committee chairmanship over national issues.

He's a good man; one of the few I trust to get things done and not just gasbag about doing things, like Gowdy and Chaffetz.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-07-19   19:47:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Hank Rearden (#5)

I've been listening to Nunes for years as a regular weekly guest on the John Bachelor nightly national radio show (well worth the time; the guy's a great interviewer with the best rolodex in the biz - check a few of his archived podcasts and you'll see), back when he was focused on CA's Central Valley issues with water and enviroloons. He was tough then, so was prepared for his move to committee chairmanship over national issues.

Really? You were ahead of the curve.

He's a good man; one of the few I trust to get things done and not just gasbag about doing things, like Gowdy and Chaffetz.

Hear ya. The man backs it up. Gowdy and Chaffetz pull up just before the Finish Line. ALWAYS. (and now Chaffetz is rewarded with a FOX gig.)

I'd only just heard of Nunes for his role in helping expose and take down the Coup Conspirators. Sound like he's had plenty of practice in dealing with the Insane Left.

I have listened to Bachelor -- and though it seems like he runs a well informed, honest show, I just can't get past his very gay voice.

Liberator  posted on  2018-07-20   12:13:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Liberator (#6) (Edited)

I have listened to Bachelor -- and though it seems like he runs a well informed, honest show, I just can't get past his very gay voice.

I never got that vibe, but he does have a somewhat-odd and roundabout style of speech in choice of words "in these past hours", "....who's reported very carefully on....." etc.

But, he can make almost any subject interesting; I've listened to a number of interviews on things I never cared about before. Another weekly regular is Gordon Chang, who seems to either know everything about China or brings people on the air with him who do. Now Chang is getting out there on CNBC, Fox and the rest but again ............. listened to him for years every week on the radio. And if you're interested in both manned/unmanned space exploration, commercial launch firms and military uses of space, he's got the best interviews on the air.

Chang and his buddy spent a few minutes this week talking about building resistance in China and the fact that Xi seems to be getting dragged out of the spotlight - check this out from the Bachelor podcast archive.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-07-20   16:09:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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