This photo shows exactly what Christine Blasey Ford is facing during her emotional testimony about Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault

Melina Mara-Pool/Getty ImagesChristine Blasey Ford swears in at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.
  • Christine Blasey Ford is testifying about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault.
  • While most people viewing on television have a narrow picture of Ford and individual senators, she has a totally different view.
  • She’s looking at glaring lights and a semicircle of senators, with photographers flashing their cameras from below.

As Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault, the millions of people watching at home have a totally different view than her.

Most news networks are showing a close-up of her face and torso at a desk, flanked by her lawyers, while alternating between the faces of senators and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell questioning her.

But from Ford’s perspective, the experience is completely different.

Christine blasey ford senate judiciary committee testimonyTom Williams-Pool/Getty ImagesChristine Blasey Ford testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She’s looking at a looming semicircle of senators, with a scrum of photographers flashing cameras in her face.

It’s a stark contrast from what viewers at home and at work are seeing. From the nation’s perspective, the cameras frame Ford in relative isolation.

As Ford recounts her memories about her alleged sexual assault, she has a room full of senators looking at her with glaring lights from above, a prosecutor at her left, and photographers sending her image to the world from below.

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