Couldn't agree with you more. This is a case of an arrogant reporter thinking he can get away with spouting bullshit and slamming a product he just doesn't like. It's disgraceful, unprofessional and has caused me to lose the last grain of respect i once held for the NYT.
Police already use helicopters to support ground forces in various searches. There's no reason to suspect the current intention is anything different, but like GPS devices being different then FBI tails, the lower limitations on their use do warrant concern.
The dude's quite possibly unstable. They didn't lock him up for life, they got him evaluated for his mental health which can indeed take time. Better safe then sorry and as someone who has seen the effects unknown mental illnesses can cause, He may well end up lucky that he was forced into it.
The sad thing is that naturally people think they're perfectly fine, even if everyone in their family can see it. Usually there's nothing that can be done to even get them diagnosed.