Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s claim that her party’s debates were scheduled at times meant to “maximize” viewership was rated as false by Politifact Wednesday.
Over the weekend, Wasserman-Schultz was grilled on CNN for choosing to hold the debates over the weekend.
“I did my best to make sure, along with my staff and along with our debate partners, to come up with a schedule that we felt was going to maximize the opportunity for voters to see our candidates,” she insisted.
Politifact analyzed the claim by examining the ratings and contacting five professors of political science and communications. The data showed that the Republican debates have attracted more viewers and not one of the professors contacted by fact-checkers bought into Wasserman-Schultz’s argument.
The claim was, thus, rated as false.
“[H]er statement is very disingenuous,” Politifact ruled.
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