How to keep an open mind when hearing the media

Posted January 05, 2018 12:18:08If you’re going to a news conference, don’t ask a reporter if the judge is gay.

Just ask, “What is his name?”

“I can’t say,” the judge’s lawyer, Tom Farrar, told ABC News.

“It’s too sensitive.”

The judge has been the subject of the nation’s most-read news story of the year, when he was forced to leave the bench amid allegations that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with a female colleague.

The news media have criticized the judge for allowing the scandal to linger, but they’ve never asked what he’s really like.

The judge is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday.

The news media are also trying to avoid making their reactions public, but one lawyer, Daniel Acker, said he thinks that’s a mistake.

“There’s nothing more embarrassing than asking a journalist whether a judge is a gay man or not,” he said.

“I think it’s the equivalent of asking a doctor whether they have a condition or not.”

Acker has worked on numerous news cases involving judges.

He said the judge shouldn’t be held to the same standards that other people are held.

“It’s really important to be careful about what you ask people about,” he told ABCNews.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.