Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo placed newscaster Mirthala Salinas on leave today while it conducts an internal investigation into whether she breached journalistic ethics by having a relationship with someone she covered: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
OK...that "investigation" should last about 30 seconds. I think her "journalistic ethics" were breached the minute that dirtbag MARRIED mayor Tony VillaLaRaza breached her.
Telemundo executives have come under intense pressure to discipline Salinas after she and Villaraigosa acknowledged this week they had been involved in a relationship dating back more than a year. The mayor separated from Corina Villaraigosa, his wife of 20 years, early last month.During at least part of their time together, Salinas was assigned to the "political beat," in which she covered the mayor on trips to New York and Sacramento. On the night he announced the separation from his wife, Salinas was the Channel 52 anchor who delivered the news.
"OK, meet me at the Sepulveda Blvd. Travelodge, Room 204, 9pm tonight..."
Of course when Salinas reported the story on Telemundo, she forgot one important detail:
At 4 p.m. on June 8, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a terse statement announcing that he and his wife, Corina, were separating after 20 years of marriage.
Two hours later, Telemundo television anchor Mirthala Salinas delivered the story to her Spanish-language viewers on the Friday evening news.
"The rumors were true," she declared of the split after an introduction that described the story as a "political scandal" that had left "many people with their mouth open."
(Including of course, Salinas...but let's not be tawdry)
What Salinas, 35, did not say in the newscast was that she was the other woman. She and Villaraigosa, 54, had been in a relationship even though she had previously been the political reporter assigned to cover local politics and the mayor.
Apparently, Salinas has a thang for jumping into bed with amnesty-supporting politicians:
Villaraigosa is not the first politician to be linked to Salinas. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, (D-Los Angeles), confirmed in a recent interview that he dated Salinas in 2003...
But Telemundo has always known what they had in their perky, intrepid political reporter:
"Mirthala Salinas is one of our most respected reporters and a great professional," said Manuel Abud, Telemundo's general manager in Los Angeles.