Schneider himself (posting under his real name) took to the forums to reassure posters that this was not about to become a routine reporting avenue. But he defended his actions. “We believe public officials should not be doing the people’s business in private,” he wrote, adding “I don’t buy the violation of privacy argument, sorry. Not for a public official.”

It doesn’t appear that he’s convinced the angry, typing crowd.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.