'Wall Street Journal' Reporter Who Had Affair With Source Set Herself Up for Disaster

gina chon wsjPoliticians cheating? Old news! Celebs cheating on one another with other celebs? Snoozefest! The latest very public case of infidelity involves a Wall Street Journal reporter named Gina Chon, who had covered Iraq for the paper, and Brett McGurk, who was on the National Security Council staff during the Bush administration and is President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Iraq. The two met while living in Baghdad in 2008, and yuuup, they were both married at the time! But they've since divorced their respective partners and recently married one another, which sounds like it might make for a happy ending ... But not so fast!

Chon resigned from the WSJ yesterday, a week after "racy e-mails" disclosing the relationship turned up. Plus, the newspaper said the reporter shared "certain unpublished news articles" with McGurk, which is a violation of company policy. Wuh-oh! Scandalous!

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Although I'm not quite sure Chon should have had to lose her job over the affair itself, it sounds like she crossed the line by sharing confidential info with McGurk ... The paper declined to say what Chon may have disclosed to McGurk specifically, and it's also not certain if McGurk disclosed any sensitive info to Chon. What is clear is that there was a question of ethics involved here.

Chon also made the mistake of not disclosing their relationship to her higher-ups. But really, how could she have without losing her job even sooner? It's totally ridiculous that reporters are expected to be heartless, emotion-free robots when, sorry, they're actually human beings who -- oops! -- happen to fall for sources quite frequently. Of course, we don't always hear about it in a big, sensationalistic way, as we would if the people were politicians or celebrities. But this story does bring to mind the 2007 headlines about L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's affair with Mirthala Salinas, a reporter and anchor for a local Telemundo affiliate.

Ultimately, I can't really see why these two should be subjected to harsh, prolonged criticism. Chon's time at the WSJ may be over, but hopefully her one slip-up won't cost her whole career.

Are you surprised by this? Do you think Chon shot herself in the foot for good?


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