Reporters Who Test Privacy Limits Are on Thin Ice

In late March, Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher wrote an article headlined, “He urged saving the economy over protecting those who are ‘not productive’ from the coronavirus. Then he faced America’s wrath.” In so doing, Fisher instantly thrust himself into a long-running journalistic controversy.
That’s because the “He” in the headline was not some well-known public figure. Fisher’s entire story revolved around a single tweet by Scott McMillan, an almost-unknown California lawyer with a few hundred followers. McMillan had written something about the coronavirus response that a…