It is an example of the difficulty or remaining objective when one is too close to the situation. The editor lied about the circumstances surrounding Mr. Caldwell's death. [Willamette Week]. The rationale was obvious, reasonable and understandable - except when a news story is partly fabricated by the editor.
But it isn't clear that the editor under these circumstances should have lost her job. Nor is clear why the Oregonian felt the need to go on about the incident.
Just let it go - move on.