steve: More to the point, as much as I myself thought I would never have expected to say this, GJ actually came across as likeable and - don't throttle me please! - personable.
Okay, we can debate the extent to which this is about perception and public performance. But, no one here has so far put him in the same category as the bumbling JW elders who appeared earlier.
Perhaps we were harboring the hope that GJ would himself be an arch-bumbler or that the counsel would have ripped him to pieces. I would love to see a member of the GB dissolve under scrutiny! I could dine out on that for a year!
Yes, Steve, Jackson is quite the politican. Personally, I found his "likability" to be nauseating and false. He was acting.
I thought he was real close to being as bumbling and idiotic as the elders who already testified - he was smoother and more slick, but bumbling, none the less. And, I did think that the counsel ripped him to pieces, more than once. Just because Jackson answered smoothly most of the time, didn't mean anything - he often evaded the questions and he could not defend his "scriptual authority" even though it looked like he did. He couldn't address the discrepencies in the two witnesss rule or even defend the 'only men judges' postion.
I dunno...maybe it is just me, but I thought that Jackson's performance was only a slicked up version of the bumbling elders. Lol! Instead of the "I don't recall", Jackson's mantra was "That's a very good question."....."your Honor."
And, Jackson was just better at covering up his discomfort and at times, anger, than the lowly elders were. His body language and voice tone and facial expressions gave him away. All the same signs were there that he was lying, Jackson has just had way more practice at high level deception - the lying signals were subtle but they were still there. In abundance.
steve: In closing, my hat is off to the wonderful female counsel for BCG who is probably the only woman to have ever closely and directly called any member of the Governing Body to account for their policies and procedures of responding to child sexual abuse. I did not get her name but she is certainly up there with Angus Stewart in her acumen and intelligently persistent questioning.
She is great. Smart and bold - and she wore trousers most of the time - I loved it! Haha! A woman questioning all those men. It was her questioning that so often revealed how women are treated - the elders' demeanor and voice changed dramatically at times when she was the one doing the questioning.
It was so obvious that a woman in authority made those JW men uncomfortable. And Pauline played on their arrogance - I loved it when she would set them up with her demeanor and then boot them through the goal posts!