That response pattern is common in more cultures than people would be comfortable acknowledging. A similar thing happens in the very religious Jewish communities. When the person is made an outcast, they are considered dead and nobody is suppose to talk about that person from that point forward. The insular nature of those types of communities enables them to only care about what happens inside of that community as paramount to all else. Modern day institutions have to recognize that controlling the message is not as easy as it use to be. The more sophisticated institutions use some very crafty spin doctors to accomplish that task. The less sophisticated ones, like Aikikai, simply end up playing the three monkey game and really look foolish and out of touch.
Among which is advice given to every CEO by management consultants. Get a foundationally honest spokesperson and lie to them. Use them to spin, so that their
inherent credibility shines through. When they get hep to being used, dump them. Get a fresh face who is fundementally honest, and start over.
For the record, I do not agree that Doshu is the villain being described here. I'm with Ledyard Sensei on this one.
Incidentally, Stan thinks that Osensei had nothing to do with this stuff. He thinks it is all Kisshomaru. He has other material and thinks that as time goes on he will have the time to publish other material that supports his idea.
Personally, I would love to reread the letter Sokaku sent to Ueshiba via Sato with five questions, starting with "Why are you lying about me?"
There is a string of letters that Kisshomaru had that have never been revealed.