Doxxing people is wrong. Threatening to doxx people is wrong. It is mind-boggling to see otherwise rational people attempting to rationalize away CNN’s behavior with the same noxious argument made by those who claim it’s okay to “punch Nazis.”
Punching people is wrong, regardless of whether you believe them to be Nazis. The same is true for doxxing people, or threatening to doxx them.
Would you also defend the Christian News Network if they decided to publicize your online porn history, claiming that “anyone who watches porn is a pervert who deserves to be publicly shamed”?