It is not just Mirthala Salinas who’s been in bed with the mayor but L.A.’s entire Spanish-language news media. From Telemundo to La Opinion, Antonio is their guy.
ERSNews has exclusively obtained e-mails documenting that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was receiving written questions in advance, sometimes days in advance, before television interviews that were conducted on the Univision Los Angeles based television station KMEX-TV34. The questions were then asked during on-air interviews conducted by the stations in-studio anchors for a segment known as "Villaraigosa a su lado", which translates from Spanish as "Villaraigosa on your side".
The so-called broadcast "interviews" were conducted regularly on Wednesdays each week in 2006 and through mid-2007.
The questions sent to the Mayor were represented to the public as impromptu-unscripted questions. ERSNews had uncovered they were anything but that. The topics ran the gamut of issues concerning Villaraigosa’s job as LA’s mayor.
ERSNews has learned that the questions were provided to the Mayor in advance via a direct link. That link was the Mayor’s Deputy press secretary Diana Rubio. Rubio was working directly with the Executive Producer of Univision and others at KMEX, including at the time the station’s Vice President of News. Other news staff was well aware of the communications and the intertwined relationship the station had developed with the Mayor’s office. According to sources familiar with the situation, the mayor’s office exerted extensive influence and sway in insuring the Mayor was not put in any light other than a favorable one, something Univision accommodated routinely.
ERSNews has the obtained emails, parts of which are translated below (the verbatim text in Spanish as communicated between Univision news executives and the Mayor’s deputy press secretary Ms. Rubio can be seen here: