The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee misinformed viewers of the impeachment hearing with a falsehood while going out of his way to insult witnesses.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) attempted to downplay testimony from Ambassador Kurt Volker and former NSC official Tim Morrison.
“Well, Ambassador and Mr. Morrison, I have some bad news for you, TV ratings are way down,” Nunes claimed.
“Way down,” he repeated.
CNN chief legal correspondent Brian Stelter fact-checked the Fresno Republican.
Fact-checking Nunes: the TV ratings are not dropping big-time.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 19, 2019
Forbes senior contributor Mark Joyella pointed out that ratings are actually up.
— Mark Joyella 🏳️🌈 (@standupkid) November 19, 2019
I have zero doubt that Trump contacted @DevinNunes and told him to say that nonsensical "tv ratings" claim.
Evidence: 1. It's wrong. 2. It's stupid. (Both of which are in both Nunes and Trump wheelhouse.)
And 3. Trump is obsessed with TV ratings more than Constitutional duties.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 19, 2019