According to the hysterical left, conservatives must do more than just automatically believe Christine Blasey Ford’s spurious allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They must also refer to her as Dr. Ford. Why? Because sexism, of course.
“Her name is Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Use it,” reads one exasperated headline from a column at The Washington Post.
“Whether you support Christine Blasey Ford or not, please call her by her name. Just as we treat Kavanaugh with respect when referring to him, we should afford Ford the same respect. She, like Kavanaugh, needs to be seen to be fairly heard,” the writer argued, adding that to not refer to as her Dr. Ford is sexist.
He likewise maintained that Ford should be called “Dr. Ford” because everybody calls Kavanaugh, “judge.” Not really true.
Regardless, similar protestations can be seen and heard all through the media and even on social media, where conservatives are now being blasted for allegedly mistreating Ford.
Observe what happened when renowned conservative columnist Byron York referred to Ford as Ford instead of Dr. Ford:
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 22, 2018
Is it really that serious? To some, it is. They claim that anyone with a with a Ph.D. should be referred to as doctor. In the case of Ford, she boasts a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California and currently works as a professor at Palo Alto University, where she reportedly teaches clinical trial design and data analysis.
Not every media organization agrees on the usage of “Dr.” According to the Associated Press Stylebook, only individuals who hold degrees in medicine, dental surgery, osteopathy or podiatric medicine should have the title. Keep in mind that this is a universal guideline used by many publishers for years.
Doctor of dental surgery, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine or veterinary medicine. #APStyleChat (2/2)
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) June 27, 2017
Is the AP Stylebook sexist? Probably not. Neither are the litany of Twitter users who disagree with the idea of automatically referring to Ford as Dr. Ford:
Please stop referring to her as “Dr. Ford.” Ph.D. is an academic degree. You have a doctorate, should we call you “Dr. Baier?”
— Al Brockwell (@albrockwell) September 22, 2018
Instead of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford can we just call her Crazy Blasey?
— Michael Burch (@YahooBurch) September 22, 2018
My husband has a PhD in Political Philosophy from the UVA. Not once, in 26 years, has he asked anyone to call him Dr. When someone does use the prefix it’s in humor. Most colleagues don’t even know other than he is obviously brilliant. Not that intelligence is a requisite.
— Lmhall (@lmhall4) September 22, 2018
Does this mean that people have to call me Master since I have a Masters Degree? Just asking for a friend.
— Tim Chastain (@TimsunTim) September 22, 2018
In my 33-year career at a DOE national lab, I can’t remember EVER hearing any PhD there referred to as “Dr.”.
— Doug Bentley ? (@dougbentley) September 22, 2018
I think most people have gone overboard coddling this woman by calling her Prof. Ford & Dr. Ford. I’ve never seen people bend over backward so much as with this elusive woman who may or may not be lying. At this point, it has become comical. As for me, I call her “that woman”
— Andie421 (@NoneOfY29794282) September 22, 2018
I guess the theory is by calling her Dr. Ford, she doesn’t seem as much like a liar
— Rugged Indivisualist (@RIndivisualist) September 22, 2018
Ford has herself said nothing about the way people address her. The only people who’ve actually complained have been those among her rabid followers, including her sycophants in the media.
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