How not to write a news story
to cut a long story short: the editor of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington decided to publish a paper in intelligent design by Meyer. He is a Smithsonian RA, but paid by the NIH (huh?). The SI science staff objected. The editor was "basically run out of there". A special counsel investigated and slammed the SI and NCSE
So... first of all, I still don't know what was actually done to this editor/RA as a "retaliation", except people seem to have said mean things about him and cold shoulder him at work. It would help if the article said upfront what was done. Sternberg was let go as editor, but BSW is independent and the position was unpaid.
Sternberg is a PhD PhD. This is flagged in the article as a big deal; to me it flags as "WTF is with that?". Why waste time on a second PhD, much less so in the same field. here is Sternberg's CV.
This does not elucidate the matter much.
The article alludes to the special counsel report being a political hit by a political appointee - which is plausible given the subject and target; but it is presented anecdotally with no further evidence.
Sternberg is linked to Baraminology - which is nutso even by creationist standards.
So the upshot is that there is controversy, the SI is in political shit again, and the issue seems rather trivial but indicative of just what kind of idiocy science is facing. Not that you'd get much of that from the article.
WaPo reporters need to learn to use the web - here's the essentials at Panda's Thumb - 6 months ago