It was her own fault.
When Nazanin Afshin-Jam was interviewed by the Charlottetown newspaper The Guardian, recently, she wanted the resulting story to be about a book she'd written. Instead, it was about an opinion she held - an opinion that conflicted with the government position held by her husband, Defense Minister Peter MacKay.
"Omar Khadr was a child when he was involved in combat under the UN definition...I think it's time to bring him back to Canada...," the activist and former model is quoted saying.
We happen to agree with that sentiment. What we don't agree with is the outrage Ms. Afshin-Jam has expressed in the wake of the story.
She was upset the lead of the story referred to her as MacKay's wife. But her name started the second paragraph, which was also just the second sentence of the story. And she was upset with the headline: Time to bring Khadr home: defence minister's wife.
Now, full disclosure: The Guardian is owned by the same company that owns this newspaper. But really, our view would be the same regardless: as the wife of a prominent government figure, you should know the rules of engagement when you speak to the media.
If it comes out of your mouth, it may appear in a story.
A journalist isn't speaking to you to pass the time, or because s/he likes you - they're doing their job and want a story to write based on the conversation you're having.
You will be described in the story in the terms most meaningful to readers. Nazanin Afshin-Jam means less to readers than "wife of the defense minister," regardless of how you wish to be known.
When you say controversial things, they will probably be the focus of the story.
If you want the story to be about your one cause - promoting a book, for example - only say interesting things about that one subject.
And when you're used to the public eye, as she should be, any claim to not knowing the above rules will fall on deaf ears.
Don't blame the journalists, defense minister's wife, blame yourself.