There's a legal issue here, too. The First Amendment does not generally bar an estoppel action against a media company whose journos make and break a promise of confidentiality. The promisee, in other words, may sue the media company.https://t.co/Ju3RGwol2L
SCOTUS held as much in Cohen v Cowles Media Co, in 1991. Short version: During the 82 Minnesota gubernatorial race, a campaign aide gave records about another party's candidate to journos, who promised confidentiality to aide. Journos identified aide in stories. Aide lost job.
Aide sued for breach of contract. That didn't work. But eventually the case reached the SCOTUS, which held that the First Amendment would not prevent the aide from recovering under state law on a "promissory estoppel" theory.