Prominent LDS apologists have a well-deserved reputation for ad hominem attacks (e.g., attacking the messenger instead of the message). Likewise, many former LDS members have a well-deserved reputation for the same thing.
Nearly 40 years ago, Dallin Oaks distinguished between criticism based on issues and criticism focused on people. It's a timely reminder.
The Church leaders I know are durable people. They made their way successfully in a world of unrestrained criticism before they received their current callings. They have no personal need for protection; they seek no personal immunities from criticism—constructive or destructive. They only seek to declare what they understand to be the word of the Lord to his people.
Those who govern their thoughts and actions solely by the principles of liberalism or conservatism or intellectualism cannot be expected to agree with all of the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As for me, I find some wisdom in liberalism, some wisdom in conservatism, and much truth in intellectualism—but I find no salvation in any of them.