One thing you conservatives out there need to stop doing is calling Christine Blasey Ford “Dr. Ford.” But don’t stop doing it out of mere pique. Even the venerable Associated Press won’t call her “dr.” and their reason is spot on.
As Christine Blasey Ford became the toast of the eft, one of the chief ways liberals began to “legitimize” her lies was to confer the title of “doctor” upon her. Suddenly, every where you looked, Ford was being called “Dr. Ford.”
But she should not be afforded the title of “dr.” So, stop calling her that. All you are doing is falling in the left’s trap of propping up a liar.
There is also more than a political reason not to call her “doctor.” In fact, neither the Associated Press nor National Pubic Radio will call her “Dr. Ford.” And their reason is perfectly in fitting with the normal practice that has been around for one hundred years.
As NPR recently explained:
Longstanding NPR policy is to reserve the title of “Dr.” for an individual who holds a doctor of dental surgery, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine or veterinary medicine.
That excludes those with other types of doctoral degrees, including Christine Blasey Ford, who testified this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982 (Kavanaugh has emphatically denied the allegation).
Yes, Ford has a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. But that does not qualify for the constant use of “Dr.”
NPR uses the AP style guide for this rule. The AP style guide states:
If appropriate in the context, Dr. also may be used on first reference before the names of individuals who hold other types of doctoral degrees. However, because the public frequently identifies Dr. only with physicians, care should be taken to ensure that the individual’s specialty is stated in first or second reference. The only exception would be a story in which the context left no doubt that the person was a dentist, psychologist, chemist, historian, etc.”
NPR also noted, this is not a gender issue because the rule applies to men, too.
“NPR should consistently include that information, where it’s relevant. As for the ‘Dr.’ policy, it exists to provide clarity, which is what a newsroom should strive for,” NPR notes.
Exactly right. America, you, too, should follow this rule. Christine Blasey Ford should not be called Doctor Ford.
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