Rep. Devin Nunes is waging a bizarre war on his local newspaper

Devin Nunes

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks to reporters after a meeting at the White House March 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Nunes said that he has seen reports from the U.S. intelligence agencies that show communication from members of President Trump's transition team and the president himself were incidentally collected. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Devin Nunes

The Sacramento Bee has endorsed Republican Rep. Devin Nunes eight times. This year, though, it endorsed his Democratic challenger, Andrew Janz. Nunes is not taking that—or the newspaper’s reporting on his businesses—well. At all.

Mr. Nunes has launched a full-scale attack on The Bee, calling it a “left-wing rag,” and sending out a 40-page glossy mailer that called the newspaper a “propaganda machine.” Mr. Nunes has sought to discredit The Bee’s critical reporting on his businesses. He also tried to suggest that the newspaper, in reporting on protests against him, was somehow behind them.

It’s an effective way to show that the Bee was correct to describe Nunes’s “party-above-country mode that motivates him to protect President Trump from the investigation into Russian meddling more than meet his constitutional obligations as an independent arm of government,” anyway.

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