That is what the whole case appears like to me, an orchestrated effort.
I suppose you’ve heard about the NYT reporter / bureau chief in Jerusalem whose son had joined the IDF. Recently, this has drawn quite some criticism after Electronic Intifida had pointed out the connection. Some 400 people wrote in to the NYT and complained about a possible lack of balance in reporting.
I’m running out to work, so I’ll just give you the Yahoo News search link so you may read up on the issue yourselves.
Worst thing, to me, is that the NYT didn’t shrug this off.
Keywords that come to mind are:
– kin liability
– no confidence in one’s staff and their professional abilities
– “like son, like father”
Keep the list going.
This is a sad day for journalism.