I would never trust a "journalist" that isn't willing to open themselves up to public feedback.
I understand that. But does it mean that it is the obligation of the journalist to provide and maintain a forum for instant feedback at his own expense? And further, to do so with protection of anonymity?
Technology has given us limitless avenues for speech. Anyone can put up a website, submit a story, be a source. You can feed back to your heart's content. A guarantee of free speech is not the same as a guarantee to be heard by everyone. If it were, I'd have my own cable news network (where everyone would have Scottish accents, by the way, because I find them amusing). Instead, I've got fooking nowt, innit?