I was speaking yesterday, at some length, with a yeshiva rav who is also involved in broader relations with the community. I told him that recent controversies has filled me with questions and concerns about the concept of daas Torah when it appears, often, that some rabbanim who are considered to be Gedolim, are actually being misled and minipulated by askanim, leading to decisions and announcements that, frankly, has brought humiliation to themselves and the Orthodox Jewish world, as well as an assassination of character of several individuals, at least one of whom I know quite well. My rabbi friend said to me, "you're only asking question now? I've been troubled by this for years."
Also, it seems hard to understand what Daas Torah is when Jewish history is filled with examples of personal attacks against sages we, today, consider great, including Rashi, Rambam, and I believe some people questioned the Chafeitz Chaim, too. Certainly, there is the machlocus between Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai that still resonates with us today. Therefore, I would like a discussion about whether a new tag for Daas Torah (or Da'at Torah if you prefer) can be added.