I'm surprised it has taken so long for this piece from the Boston Globe to reach my desk. For those who don't know, Brian Leiter is a well-known philosopher of law who runs an influential philosophy blog, The Leiter Reports. The blog serves as one of the profession's main sources of helpful news and (sometimes helpful) gossip concerning faculty hires and moves, job placement, academic freedom issues, "academic bill of rights" debacles, anti-science (ooppps... sorry-- I meant "design science") movements, and other stuff.
Leiter is also the founder of the institution known as the Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR), a peer-ranking (by faculty reputation) of most of the Ph.D. programs in Philosophy in the English speaking world. The PGR is widely despised and reviled among those who don't bother to understand its methodology or its clearly stated purpose. So Leiter spends lots of time swatting down misplaced and uninformed criticisms and the people who push them.
Anyway, what's interesting (read: nauseating) about the piece is the author's need to appear "fair and balanced" by introducing at the end unsubstantiated hackneyed criticisms: Leiter's blog "alternates philosophy with verbal soccer hooliganism" and so Leiter is a "troglodyte in cyberspace" who may be "demeaning" the profession. I, personally, think that philosophy isn't enough like verbal soccer hooliganism. If anything demeans the profession, it's the sickly pall of civility.