The "Look at what other skaters got" argument is what I have an issue with Hersh about.
He said he has an issue with criteria--fine. Then tell us what is wrong with them--which criterion is wrong and how wrong it is? Then he can cite examples. Is it that nationals was weighed too heavily, or that the highest-ranked skater at worlds should get top tier funding? He never addressed any of this.
Instead he wrapped his argument around the "why didn't Mirai get more funding than Skater x-y-z" line of reasoning, which is weak and doesn't translate into solid arguments against any criterion. Nor did it help fix what he thinks needs fixing.