Ford's description of media tactics against her appalls journalists

Christine Blasey Ford said Thursday that she was compelled to speak out about her sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Justices bar Mexican parents from suing over fatal cross-border shooting of teen Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man MORE after her name was leaked to the media and reporters showed up at her home and classroom.


Ford, who serves as a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University and as a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she mistook a journalist for a student in her class, describing tactics that drew condemnation from journalists online.

"Ultimately [I came forward] because reporters were sitting outside my home and trying to talk to my dog through the window," Ford said. "And a reporter appeared in my graduate classroom and I mistook her for a student."

"At that point I felt like enough was enough," she added. "People were calling my colleagues at Stanford." 

Members of the media reacted with disbelief and anger to the descriptions, denouncing the tactics as “really unethical” and “truly disturbing.”