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 KavanaughLIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG A powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Supreme Court grants Alabama death row inmate's request for pastor 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.”