Sinclair (with some deliberation) points out that Ngo is an established journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, National Review, and Spectator (the last name is ironic). What would happen if a journalist or commentator is "self-appointed" and walks into a fray like this remains a troubling question ("skin in the game" or "no spectators" or "Burning Man" moral logic). But even self-created journalists sell footage to major outlets (I've had footage run after a terror attack in NYC in 2016 but not been paid or sold it). So what this would mean for me is a good question -- another post. I could not just claim victimhood if something happened.
Here is a Washington Examiner op-ed that talks about opinion journalism.
Ali Breland, however, questions the facts about the milkshaking in a Mother Jones piece.