A damage-control, separation exercise? Or a feint?
I’m guessing the latter. It’s impossible that the author of the article believes Dershowitz (or Obama) is an “uber-liberal” or has been bad for Israel, so why believe any of it. I have the feeling that the girl in question will recant her allegation, whatever its veracity.
And Torossian and Dershowitz will live duplicitously ever after, in feigned antagonism just as before.