The Times gets into the messy issue of what the heck they were thinking. You can go to the reader thread that I pointed out the other day where they have an “All Hands On Deck” approach to taking questions, and to their credit, they respond to the arguments.
But the transparency they’re providing on this story isn’t actually present. You’ll note that Keller responds primarily in generalities. Perhaps that’s necessary — if you tell how frequently the reporters needed to fly out to interview sources, someone might figure out who they were talking to.
Most shocking to me was this line:
“And I expect you have not heard the last of us on this subject. Now I’d like to go tuck in my children.”
Isn’t that sort of… well, arrogant? What’s the point of this statement? To let us know that we’re distracting him from his fatherly duties? Have we, the readers, gotten in the way of family? Is he letting us know he finds all of us annoying?