I’m thinking this too absolutely perfect narrative, tailor-made to reinforce the sensibilities of NY Times readers, sounds more like Mike Daisey.
Sorry, but I think this is a cock and bull story and I don’t believe a word of it. It’s too perfect, too caricatured, too fakily supportive of the whole NT Times wish-fulfillment fantasy. I sincerely hope somebody seriously tries to vet this. And I’ll lay odds that nobody properly vetted it before it ran. Why should they? Sacred religious dogmas require no evidence. And this is, above all, a statement of the faith of the NY Times editorial board and staff, written to bolster the faith of the flock.