November 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm
From an otherwise fascinating Times profile of an Israeli general, Herzl Halevi:
Some who have served with him say General Halevi struggles to connect with soldiers. "He's not a man of men, he is not the center of the party, and there are voices saying that he's too complicated," said one former colleague, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to do so frankly. "He is too political, too much involved with who will be nominated to where, and not all the considerations were only professional. Some of it was, 'Does he belong to my tribe or not?' "
From what was, at least earlier this year, the posted Times policy on the use of anonymous sources (the policy seems to have been removed from the Times Web site, or at least relocated):
"We do not grant anonymity to people who use it as cover for a personal or partisan attack. If pejorative opinions are worth reporting and cannot be specifically attributed, they may be paraphrased or described after thorough discussion between writer and editor. The vivid language of direct quotation confers an unfair advantage on a speaker or writer who hides behind the newspaper, and turns of phrase are valueless to a reader who cannot assess the source."
General Halevi doesn't really respond to this criticism in the article, and it is not clear whether the Times gave him the chance to. It strikes me as a cheap shot.
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