Michael Savage took to Twitter claiming that Christine Ford, was the head of the CIA’s internship program
IS DR. FORD DEEPLY TIED TO THE CIA? pic.twitter.com/QcRLchqGGn
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) September 27, 2018
He added more
IS THERE ANYTHING I TWEETED ABOUT DR FORD’S CIA CONNECTIONS THAT CAN BE PROVEN FALSE?
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) September 28, 2018
Now, a fact check from Media Matter explains part of what Savage claims but not everything. Media Matters fails to debunk the point made that she works for a college linked to the CIA’s internship program.
- The post claims that Ford “happens to head up the CIA undergraduate internship program at Stanford University.” This claim seems to originate from a conspiracy theory website, brassballs.blog, that drew this conclusion because Stanford does have an undergraduate CIA internship program, and Ford, who is a psychology professor at nearby Palo Alto University, is also listed as an “affiliate” in the “psychiatry and behavioral sciences” department at Stanford. The blog post argues that it is suspicious that Ford’s contact information has been deleted from her Stanford profile page, although the more likely explanation is that it has been removed due to the threats and harassment that Ford has received since coming forward.
- The theory draws another connection between Ford and the CIA via her brother’s previous work for law firm BakerHostetler. A previous Ford-related conspiracy theory connected her brother’s work at BakerHostetler to Fusion GPS, a research firm involved in the ongoing Russian collusion investigation. However, Ford’s brother left BakerHostetler six years before Fusion GPS was ever founded. Savage’s conspiracy theory repeats this false claim and goes even further, claiming that three CIA-controlled businesses are located in the same building as BakerHostetler. There is no evidence these businesses are connected to the CIA — in fact, one, Red Coats, Inc., is a janitorial company that does not even share office space with BakerHostetler.
- Savage’s post also claims that Ford is the granddaughter of Nicholas Deak, who worked with the CIA during the Cold War. According to his 1985 Washington Post obituary, Deak only had one child, a son named R. Leslie Deak. But as the conspiracy theory’s second claim also notes, Ford’s father is actually Ralph Blasey Jr.
I have no interest in pushing disinformation but even far-left Media Matters admitted that she was listed as an affiliate to this program.
Here is another article showcasing other questionable things regarding Professor Ford.
— Brian Patrick☘🇺🇸 (@MyBrianLeyh) September 29, 2018
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