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The image of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford being sworn in to the Senate Judiciary Committee, shortly before she told those assembled that she was “terrified” and “did not want to be” there but felt it was her “civic duty,” was later widely shared by those praising Dr. Blasey for her bravery in testifying.
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Whereas Anita Hill’s hearing took place in a large ceremonial chamber, Dr. Ford’s was in what the Washington Post described as a “smaller, more utilitarian committee room with little space for spectators or journalists”—not to mention the two stadium spotlights that shone directly on Dr. Blasey when she spoke, which reporter Jodi Kantor said gave off the “overwhelming feeling of being under inspection.”
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During her brief breaks, Dr. Blasey was constantly outnumbered.