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 (@Brian Stelter)1574200591.0
Forbes senior contributor Mark Joyella pointed out that ratings are actually up.
Hey @DevinNunes you got your facts wrong about the ratings being "down." They're actually *up*--the best all year,… https://t.co/jT2VR0CCZe— Mark Joyella 🏳️🌈 (@Mark Joyella 🏳️🌈)1574201227.0
I have zero doubt that Trump contacted @DevinNunes and told him to say that nonsensical "tv ratings" claim. Eviden… https://t.co/9f1WSKuQ7g— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald)1574202420.0