How About a Trial After Dinner?

McLean's the smartest gal in the room
Editor's note: How messed up is Enron? So messed up that this post corrupted our blog system for an hour. Just sayin'.

Things are really coming to a made-for-TV ending (you know, where the scene freezes and there's the whole "where are they now" credits) in the Enron case. Ken Lay is in that CEO office in the sky. Andy Fastow is working on his music career. And now, it seems, there's a love connection.

We learned from the New York magazine's Intelligencer that Fortune reporter and The Smartest Guys in the Room co-author Bethany McLean is dating Sean Berkowitz, an assistant U.S. attorney from Chicago and lead prosecutor in the Enron case. Would McLean, who busted Ken Lay and Co. for their ethics, jeopardize her own? Nay, says a Time, Inc. spokesperson, who notes that McLean and Berkowitz got cozy only after her coverage was complete.

While there aren't any Us-styled pics of the couple "canoodling" (damn, I hate that word), there was one interesting tidbit in the story:

...McLean gave Berkowitz a post-trial tour of the Fortune offices.

(Cue "Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka" porn music)

Oh Beth, you old so-and-so...

Actually, we can't blame McLean, whom we have pegged as the next Greta Van Susteren, for the tour. The newsroom's the only place we journalists get any — and I mean any — work done. — Steven Devadanam


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