WorldNetDaily has done puff pieces on other Trump administration officials, so why not the guy behind the infamous memo about the Trump-Russia investigation? Art Moore does the deed in a Feb. 1 article, with the added hook of a sales opportunity in the fact that WND published a book Nunes wrote in 2010:
Who is the man behind the memo?
Before President Trump was inaugurated a little more than a year ago, few Americans had heard of Devin Nunes.
But with his leading role in the Trump-Russia probe over the past year and with the imminent release of a four-page document he spearheaded that is said to allege politically motivated intelligence abuses “worse than Watergate,” the 44-year-old Republican congressman from California’s San Joaquin Valley is in the spotlight.
In the introduction to his book “Restoring the Republic,” published by WND Books, Nunes cited Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that Americans “are a people capable of self-government, and worthy of it.”
He asked what Jefferson might think of the U.S. government today.
“The Democrats, and even some Republicans, are a lot like Jefferson’s bitter rivals, the Federalists, who supported a powerful central government, weaker states, and diminished individual freedom,” he wrote in 2010.
Nunes said the Democrats “have betrayed Jefferson’s legacy by making their party the home of the radical left, which pursues an authoritarian agenda that has little in common with Jeffersonian democracy.”
He concluded that “the real threat to our Republic” lies in “the convergence of big government, big business, and the radical left in Washington.”
WND CEO Joseph Farah recalled in a recent interview with the New York Times that he first learned about Nunes in 2010 from an old friend, Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., who represented a neighboring district and, like Nunes, is a rancher of Portuguese ancestry.
Pombo, who had written a book for WND, told Farah that Nunes had completed a manuscript and wanted it out fast.
They arranged a deal, largely over the phone, and later met at his Capitol office, where they talked for hours.
“He’s very knowledgeable, well-spoken, warm, down to earth, non-officious,” Farah said. “Interestingly, my impression of him was not that he was a firebrand conservative. He seemed to have warm relations back then with the leadership, back when John Boehner was speaker.”
WND editor Joseph Farah piled the sycophancy in his Feb. 7 column:
Devin Nunes is one of those guys who went to Congress for all the right reasons.
He was like Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
He didn’t want to be a politician. That was not his aspiration. He wanted to serve his country, his Constitution, to preserve our institutions of limited government and liberty.
And, naturally, Farah plugs Nunes' book as well, and if you really loved WND, you'd buy one:
You can imagine it’s as hot as a firecracker right now.
It’s so hot the New York Times called to interview me about Nunes – and what he was really like.
I told them.
Nunes is a humble man, down to earth, good sense of himself, lived modestly.
In fact, when I met him in 2010, he was living in his House office, like a handful of other members of Congress, including, at that time (but no longer, thank goodness), Anthony Weiner.
Don’t underestimate Nunes. He’s as sharp as a tack.
He’s principled, patriotic and not for sale – except for his book, of course.
What he did with regard to this affront to the Constitution and the rule of law in Washington recently is heroic. We owe Devin Nunes a debt of gratitude for his actions in spelling out in plain language the corruption that was taking place inside the Deep State.
Of course, he’ll never get the credit he deserves for exposing this outrageous abuse of the judiciary, the FBI, the intelligence agencies and the Justice Department – not from the media, not from the permanent government, not from progressives who want to hang Donald Trump out to dry.
But he deserves to get it from us – the people.
May I make a suggestion how we can do that?
Let’s send Devin Nunes’ book to the New York Times best-seller’s list! It can be done.
How do you think they’d like that over there at the newspaper of record?
Would they even acknowledge it?
For my part, I promise to reprint as many as are required – as long as you keep buying them.
That probably won't be necessary. Given that we don't recall Nunes' book being that big of a seller when it first came out, Farah probably has plenty of them still in stock.