The layout of the thread is confusing but I'm replying to Maghlawatan and Dyonissis
Thanks for warning me about the reputational risk to myself involved in my suggestion that he be published at the NYT. I am indifferent to that risk.Reputation is always referencing a peer group, with some people carrying more weight than others in it. People can be indifferent to their reputation outside of the peer group, but not to their peers. Some cannot even imagine going against their peers, some can do so but there is a large threshold. I have to add I use reputation in a broad sense as some kind of quality rating and this is not just some emotional issue but there is a lot of rationality to it. When your peers think your choice of shirt is rubbish you might think again whether you really want to wear it. And ignore it or not. If someone whose ideas you rate highly thinks your theory is rubbish that in itself is a very good reason to put in a lot of effort to make sure you're right.
With hardcore individualism all you have is some virtual peers, and that is a lonely business.
I can see there would be a hypothetical case of Finkelstein supporting 2SS in the NYTimes, but only for that idea and while vigorously rejecting all his other ideas. It's like using a dissenting opinion of a hardcore zionist to prove your antizionist point on this forum, or vice versa.
As for the NYTimes, it's never completely homogeneous. Normally I'd think the most visible writers do act as internal opinionleaders as well(they have good reputation), and those few who disagree too much just don't get to voice their ideas on the subject (weak reputation, not taken seriously, looked upon with a very critical eye). Currently however the position becomes hardened, there is more power play and many people who disagree internally but they have to shut up. The conformism is more forced and less spontaneous.
There have been discussions about internal tensions at the Guardian by Owen Jones and Jonathan Cook in the context of the Guardian going off the rails on Corbyn.