Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California released a campaign ad slamming his district’s local newspaper for running what he referred to as “fake news” stories.
In the ad, Nunes claimed that the Fresno Bee has had an ongoing crusade against him, even working with “radical left-wing groups” to bolster unsubstantiated attacks. He further asserted that reporters from the Bee have been “creeping around [his] neighbors’ and relatives’ homes.”
Nunes criticized the newspaper for running false stories about the California agribusiness in an attempt to go after the congressman. Specifically, Nunes took umbrage with the Bee’s attacks on a family owned winery, of which he is an investor. (RELATED: Trump Goes After Fake News Media)
The Bee published articles improperly tying Nunes to drugs and prostitution. It also misleadingly linked the winery to Russians during the time that Nunes was leading the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“It’s fine for the Bee’s band of creeping correspondents to go after me, but it’s wrong for them to drag a family company through the mud and hurt innocent people’s livelihoods just to advance their political agenda,” Nunes said in the ad.
Nunes called for both an apology and a retraction of the “fake news” stories and for the Fresno Bee to “stop embarrassing San Joaquin Valley.”
The ad runs for over two minutes and has been aired on the internet, radio and television, according to Politico.
Nunes leads his challenger Andrew Janz by eight points, according to a poll commissioned by End Citizens United, a left-wing organization.
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