I can see where you are coming from Kieran but I don't have enough information.
Surely we need to know whether it would be normal practise for Barry to do something like this without running it by Mistress Slaughter first. If he did this all the time and only got pulled up because he criticized his Mistresses mates then fine - I fully agree with the tone of your article.
If normal practise was to run things through approval before publishing and he swerved it in this case then he is rightfully sacked. He could have made his thoughts known in his own name rather than his employers if he didn't want to have to swerve normal company process. You never drop your boss in the doo doo without being aware of the consequences.
I take your point though. If Google are actively censoring research on policy that's a bad thing.
Dont. Be. Evil.