This is going to be difficult. Ultimately, the RPCV/PCV community is fam ily. We can be critical among ourselves, and I have been, but when someone from the outside is critical, the impulse is to close ranks. Here are two items by RPCVs that may be source material for the NYTimes Article.
RPCV Ryan Cooper on the staff of the Washington Monthly wrote an article for the April 2012 issue of that magazine, titled “Good News, first, Bad News Never.” It was a critical article of the Peace Corps and included his experience as a Volunteer. Washington Monthly was started by the legendary Charlie Peters, who manned the Peace Corps Office of Evaluation from 1962 -1968. Cooper advocated a return to such an office as an answer to Peace Corps problems. I thought that Cooper could have done more as a Volunteer to deal with his site concerns and said so in the comment section. His article did raise valid points. Here is the link to the article: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/march_april_2012/
The Gringo: A Memoir by Crawford J. Grigsby is highly critical of Peace Corps based on his recent experience as a Volunteer in Ecuador. It was reviewed here on Peace Corps Worldwide.Full disclosure, I posted a highly critical review of Grigsby’s book on Amazon. He received over 200 reviews and a 4 star rating. There was an excellent rebuttal review on Amazon by a then serving Ecuadorian PCV. The Amazon link is here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+gringo+a+memoir+by+j.+grigsby+crawford&sprefix=The+Gringo%2
If Maureen Knightly is a RPCV, she should identify herself as such with her County and Years of Service. I do feel that her statement: “Finally, if you have any questions about the story, please direct them to me or Shira Kramer in the Office of Communications”, Is patronizing. If there are questions about the story, they should be directed to the NYTimes. The NYTimes does correct errors and also has a column that works as an Ombudsman for readers.
Final full disclosure: I posted a highly critical comment on the Peace Corps Passport official blog. In discussing Safety and Security, the press release failed to mention the annual reports of the independent Advisory Council on Sexual Assault. My comment was “under moderation” and then not posted. I don’t like censorship.