We criticize JR for calling Digger a drunk, yet JR himself controlled his drinking (usually).
We criticize JR for being a ruthless businessman, yet he spent more time in the office than anyone else, and never let himself be distracted.
We criticize JR for manipulating others, yet he was mostly immune to being manipulated himself.
We criticize JR for not liking "half breeds and interlopers," yet he is fiercely loyal to his core family.
We criticize JR for speaking his mind, yet he has the courage to tell you to your face what he thinks of you, and why, plus he's usually right on the money when judging others. He just lacks tact.
The world could use more men like JR Ewing. He's not a phony, no matter what other names you may want to call him. What you see is what you get.