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And it is unclear how the political fallout will treat one of the region’s most recognizable figures.
The revelation also raised ethical questions about Salinas’ decision to become involved with a politician she was covering as a journalist. This one sort of transcends the boundaries in any ethical newsroom.”Telemundo executives defended Salinas and noted that she had been moved in August 2006 from her political beat to cover general assignment stories and serve as a backup anchor.“Mirthala Salinas is one of our most respected reporters and a great professional,” said Manuel Abud, Telemundo’s general manager in Los Angeles.
and seeing Villaraigosa standing alone and buzzing to get into the building.
Rouda said she recognized the mayor and was surprised that he had no security guards and that there was no limousine parked nearby.
On March 20, 2006, Salinas was in New York to cover Villaraigosa, who was visiting Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss education reform.
Three months later, she went to Sacramento to cover Villaraigosa as he stumped for legislation to give him some control over Los Angeles’ public schools.
She said she and her niece entered the lobby, where they encountered Villaraigosa, who was wearing a dress shirt and slacks, and was carrying bags of takeout food and a bottle of wine.
Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said at a news conference after a swearing-in ceremony for school board members at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown.Several media analysts condemned the relationship as a conflict for her and the mayor and suggested that Salinas’ bosses should have taken immediate action to remove her from handling any Villaraigosa coverage.“There really is no question that this is unacceptable,” said Kelly Mc Bride, ethics group leader at the Poynter Institute in St. “Telemundo is fully committed to journalistic excellence.Every day we strive for the highest standards of journalistic ethics and make every effort to protect our objectivity and avoid possible conflicts of interest.”Villaraigosa, who called Salinas a “consummate journalistic professional,” said she decided about a year ago that “our friendship had grown to a point where it was necessary to inform her management that she shouldn’t cover me. And they agreed.”The Times traced their relationship back at least 18 months.Fernandez was eventually transferred to USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center east of downtown, where a doctor described the mayor as “a model citizen.”Fernandez died Jan. Two days later, Villaraigosa flew to Phoenix to attend weekend memorial services for her at the Greer-Wilson Funeral Home.“He did come for services,” said Eddie Lopez, the funeral home’s general manager.“I remember him being there.”All along, Villaraigosa and his aides remained silent about the relationship.