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Drudge Report Called Out for Linking to False Report on Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Ford

There is more than one professor Christine Ford

The Drudge Report caught criticism Monday for linking to a negative news story about Christine Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were in high school — because the story by Grabien News turned out to be about a different woman named Christine Ford.

“Drudge gets VERY EXCITED about a report on ‘grabien dot com’ about Christine Ford’s student reviews,” tweeted politics journalist Judd Legum. “It was the wrong Christine Ford.”

“Drudge has now deleted the item — God knows how many times this item was echoed through social media,” said longtime politics journalist Jeff Greenfield, who noted the name discrepancy in the Grabien story.

MSNBC contributor Josh Barro also pointed to the error, linking out to a Drudge Report tweet about the Grabien story that has since been deleted.

Grabien News reported it had unearthed a long list of negative reviews, written by students, about professor Christine Ford.

While Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is a professor at Palo Alto University, the reviews cited by Grabien were about Christine A. Ford who taught at California State University, Fullerton from 2010 to 2014.

Drudge was not the only outlet to relay the false report, according to Observer.com, which said The Gateway Pundit, Mark Levin, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham and Chuck Woolery also shared the story.

Matt Drudge, the founder of The Drudge Report, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Grabien News retracted the story and apologized for its “error” in reporting. “We regret not going to greater lengths to ensure this was indeed the same Christine Ford.

“Please do not share this article with anyone (and if you have, delete it/withdraw it); we are only leaving the page up so you can see this important update,” the site posted on its retracted story.

Here are more responses to Drudge’s promotion of the story: