House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an outspoken critic of the media, has taken the adage “if you can’t beat them, join them” literally. Nunes has found a way to combat his negative portrayal in the media – he operates his own news website.
The California Republican calls itself a media/news company on its Facebook page and claims to be the best of U.S., California and Central Valley news, sports and analysis. Upon further investigation, the website was registered by Alex Tavlian of Sultana Media. Tavlian says he isn’t familiar with the website and doesn’t run it. Sultana Media recieved a $7,773 payment from the Nunes campaign for “advertising; digital advertising management”.
Recently, Nunes has come under intense scrutiny by the media for the way he has handled the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Campaign. The Fresno Bee, the largest newspaper in Nunes’s district, has accused the Republican Senator of “doing dirty work for House Republican leaders trying to protect President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation” and referred to Nunes as “Trump’s stooge”.
Of course, Nunes responds to the negative media criticism of his actions as “fake news” and claims that the mainstream media refuses to cover the truth. He went so far as to tell radio host Rush Limbaugh that “almost every story that runs about me is fake”.
So it is easy to see how a running his own “news” website would be a viable alternative in the mind of Nunes. His office has declined to comment on the website.