Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villagairosa calls Telemundo reporter Mirthala Salinas, a "consummate journalistic professional."
According to Michael Josephson, president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, the mayor is wrong:
“It is a very fundamental principal of journalistic credibility that you don’t have entangling alliances of people you cover."
Of course, Villaraigosa is referring to his girlfriend, who scooped everyone on the demise of his 20-year marriage, calling it a "politcal scandal" and confirming that the "rumors were true." She left out the important detail that she was the rumor, a fact she later confirmed to the LA Times--instead of declining to comment.
In vouching for her "professionalism," the mayor acknowledged that Salinas had asked to be removed from the City Hall beat a year ago, revealing a long term relationship about which he had previously declined comment.
Heh. I guess the professional working girl was tired of being kept in the closet.