Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was called out for another lie Monday by The Washington Post.
This latest example of the Florida congresswoman’s nodding acquaintance with the truth came during a March 25 interview with similarly reality-challenged MSNBC host Ed Schultz, when the two were discussing a topic neither knows much about — religious freedom.
“When 99 percent of women used birth control in their lifetime and 60 percent use it for something other than family planning, it’s outrageous, and I think the Supreme Court will suggest that their case is ridiculous,” Wasserman Schultz said, according to The Washington Post.
When contacted by The Post for elaboration, Wasserman Schultz’s office cited a Guttmacher Institute study titled, “Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits Of Oral Contraceptive Pills.”
The Guttmacher Institute, which began as an arm of Planned Parenthood, promotes reproductive health and is “often mischaracterized by politicians and the media,” The Post reported.
“Often” apparently includes the oral contraceptives study.
“More than half of pill users, 58 percent, rely on the method at least in part for purposes other than pregnancy prevention.” the study said. “Thirty-one percent use it for cramps or menstrual pain, 28 percent for menstrual regulation, 14 percent for acne, 4 percent for endometriosis, and 11 percent for other unspecified reasons.”
But contrary to Wasserman Schultz’s claim, the report also found that a mere 14 percent of women use the pill solely for non-contraceptive reasons — not the 60 percent she claimed.
The chairwoman’s press secretary, Rebecca Chalif, responded to The Post’s request for an explanation.
“Chalif said that Wasserman Schultz did not mean to imply that 60 percent of women used birth control only for non-contraceptive reasons,” The Post reported, adding, “but it certainly sounded that way when The Fact Checker first noticed her remarks.”
The Post awarded the congresswoman two Pinocchios for her assertion.
Only two this time? There may be hope for her yet. Past transgressions abound, including these:
During the Democratic National Convention, CNN’s Anderson Cooper accused Wasserman Schultz of living in an “alternate universe.”
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell complained that rather than answer questions, Wasserman Schultz stuck to outrageous talking points.
A KABC radio host described the congresswoman as “borderline offensive” after an interview in which she did little but spew what the host called “condescending quips.”
The most egregious example occurred when Wasserman Schultz claimed she was purposely misquoted by Washington Examiner Senior Editorial Writer Phillip Klein.
“Unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper,” she told Fox News anchor Shepard Smith. “Not surprising they would deliberately misquote me.”
When an audio tape later surfaced proving she was accurately quoted, Wasserman Schultz refused to comment or apologize to Klein.
The gaffe won her PolitiFact’s notorious “Pants On Fire” designation.
Even far-left comedian Bill Maher called Wasserman Schultz out on his HBO show, “Real Time,” when she insisted that President Obama’s own lie — “If you like your plan you can keep it” — was not a lie.
“Come on, let’s be honest,” he told her. “To me, that is a lie.”
Just once in my life, I’d like to see someone’s pants actually catch on fire.
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