The disclaimer isn't even the issue. The sad truth is that if you write a biased opinion piece, which she did and I cannot fault her for that seeing how she has friends being affected by this, you are going to be attacked online. It shouldn't be like that, and I wish we could change that. But to be surprised when you are attacked? I find that odd. I know that if I write some blogpost about how I want more equality in games, but I find the ideas and opinions of Sarkeesian to be extremist, bad and I don't want her to dictate what game devs can and can't do, then I would most likely get attacked. I can be as measured, cool and diplomatic as humanly possible, but someone will attack me. And I am just a nobody, if I was a somewhat prominent writer? Multiply it tenfold.
Again, I hate that it happened and it really shouldn't, but it's odd to me that she didn't anticipate it.
Wut? An opinion piece is inherently biased, hence the word "opinion" in the name. Those kind of pieces are never going to be held to the same kind of ethical standards as a piece of hard-hitting investigative journalism. It seems to me that the people crying about ethics in games journalism have a totally warped view on how real journalism actually works.
And if you did write a blogpost saying that Anita was an extremist and that she was telling developers what to do, then yes, you would probably have some blowback as neither of those two statements are true. The things Anita is saying in her videos are pretty much gender studies 101 shit, hardly what I would call "extreme". She also isn't pointing a gun to developers' heads saying, "DON'T CREATE FEMALE CHARACTERS THAT I DON'T LIKE!" She is simply making critiques, a perfectly normal thing to do.