Thursday, December 13, 2018


You may have seen this yesterday:
Christine Blasey Ford made her first public statement since testifying against Brett Kavanaugh in September to present Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award to Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

"Rachael Denhollander, I am in awe of you and I will always be inspired by you," Ford said in the video. "In stepping forward you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them."

"The lasting lesson," Ford continued, "is that we all have the power to create real change and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others."

The video posted late Tuesday by Sports Illustrated is the first time Ford has spoken out since she testified in September in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.
To certain right-wingers, the video proved one thing: Blasey Ford wasn't really emotional during her Senate appearance -- her emotions were utterly fake.

Here's Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker:
Blasey-Ford's scared little girl voice has disappeared in first public statement since her Senate testimony

When Professor Christine Blasey-Ford testified against the Supreme Court nomination of then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh, my very first impression was that her voice sounded fake. She sounded like a scared little girl, her voice tremulous, creating an impression of sadness and vulnerability – just the thing to create sympathy. I immediately wondered if this was some sort of act, or if her mental state was somehow altered for her performance on national television. As a former professor myself, I wondered how on Earth she could command a classroom with that scared little girl voice.

For the first time since her testimony, we now have the opportunity to hear her voice, and guess what! She doesn't sound at all like the witness whose fear and suffering moved so many Democrats and feminists. She sounds like a grown-up, a professor, indeed.
As evidence, Lifson presents the video of Blasey Ford's opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee ...

... and her Sports Illustrated video:

I listen to the first few seconds of each video -- and Blasey Ford sounds exactly the same. The only difference in the Senate video is that her voice quavers and changes pitch as she tells her story. This is called -- oh, what's the technical term? -- human emotion. She's recalling her own trauma, before a room that includes many people hostile to her. She's on a national stage for the first time in her life. In the SI video, none of this is true. She's on tape, presumably working with a sympathetic crew. She's months past her national debut.

Right-wingers really say these things, and while the people who create the propaganda may not believe them, the audiences do.

Rush Limbaugh seconded this notion on the radio today. I don't have the audio, and that's probably just as well, because the transcript is pretty awful:
This is totally different! Let me read this the way Blasey Ford would have said it during the Kavanaugh hearings, okay? As best I can, anyway.... Okay. Three, two, one. (impression) “In stepping forwaaard? You took a huge risk? And, uh, you galvanized future generations to come forwaaaard EVEN when the odds are (Gasp!) seemingly stacked against them? (panting) The lasting l-l-lesson is that we all have the poweeer? To create real change, and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others?”

... [Not] one word on the uptick. Not one.
Maybe this wouldn't be plausible to the Lifson and Limbaugh audiences if the audiences were capable of feeling human emotion, apart from rage and self-pity. As it is, they absolutely believe this crap.

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