The Fox News entertainment channel and its commentators such as Judge Jeannie have become prime examples of bad judgement. A judge’s job is to act as an impartial entity or referee that moderates the game based on facts and laws without bias. Also, a good judge includes norms and high ethical standards in critical thinking. Judge Jeannie plays on TV the part of a perceived ethical judge. Her act in fact demonstrates blatant unethical tactics using name calling and debatable facts by fabricating a cruel case against her victim. Fox viewers love this drama. Her behavior is incongruent with justice values and discredits our highly-valued officials.
Jeannie and other Fox hosts viciously attack our own Department of Justice and former politicians in a way that nearly, if not directly, violates laws of slander and libel by defaming their character while adding dramatic anger and victimization, persuading viewers to make voting decisions based on emotions rather than facts. Feelings and emotions are not facts.
As a teacher, I have broken up many a fight on the playground. A typical fourth-grade dispute involves cruel rhetoric and lying to justify the bully’s wrongful stance. After a few fact-finding questions a simple judgement is made. As the bully is backed into a corner with each question, he admits to no fault, blames others and immaturely resorts to name calling. This childish lying in the adult legal world would be considered obstruction of justice. The verdict usually finds the name caller guilty. This playground mentality is promoted by Fox and swallowed whole by its devoted adult viewers.
Judge Jeannie, a justice representative, hypocritically discredits herself and our entire justice system. Name calling and lying combined with hysterical implications may be partially legal but are unquestionably unethical. Do Judge Jeannie and Fox News reflect the high ethical standards you expect from the Justice Department? You be the judge.