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Friday, August 03, 2007

What happened this morning?

Earlier today, Azteca America reporter Alicia Unger was shoved against a cargo container by one of the Mayor's bodyguards after breaking through a police cordon. Watch this video clip for full context and vote on the appropriate headline below.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

who cares,

stupid LA press selling gossip, they should be slapped around for that.

August 03, 2007 2:07 PM  

Blogger Don Culo said:

The best line from video


comes from Eric Spillman of KTLA he says "didn't you learn anything at all from from McArthur Park".

Eric was really enjoying annoying the cop who pushed the reporter by asking him for his name and badge number.

August 03, 2007 2:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She should have faked right and THEN gone left....

August 03, 2007 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sgt.McCloskey looks like a hockey player doing a body check on that little reporter. I don't care what the Mayor's orders were. That was excessive. I wonder if the Mayor will make as big a deal of this as he did on May Day....

August 03, 2007 2:17 PM

August 03, 2007 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eric is a whuss. These idiot reporters are the scum of the earth. They are vultures to get a story and when you see two burly cops basically trying to get you to not go any further and the idiot female reporters tries to run pass them she deserved what she got. I'm sick of these idiot reporters acting like the victims. The reporters are very competitive to beat the other guy out for a story they create dangerous situations for everyone. I'm glad the press that got hit at MacArthur sure deserved it. Other reporters have said they had no business right there with the cops but we're all desperate to get the story up front. LOSERS

August 03, 2007 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She definitely over-dramatized the body check.

August 03, 2007 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey they changed the video! The first one didn't start off with Eric but showed the reporter running and then clearly getting slammed. This clip is blurry right at the moment of contact. Why the change? Wish I'd saved the first one.

August 03, 2007 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy talk about deflecting blame and punishment. This woman got more punishment than Mirthala.


Aren't these all those reporters who were caressing Antonio every chance they got - and he was loving it. Now somebody demands accountability and you call them losers.

Parke's campaigns and candidates always lived by the pen - even if it was a fork pen - no Antonio is dying by the pen. How profound.

August 03, 2007 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

aclu mayor allowed the cops to punk one of his own.

August 03, 2007 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, I looked at both videos and, sorry, the real beef is with the Mayor, not the cops or security.

The security only seem to be doing what they were instructed to do and keep the press away or at a distance - your argument is with Villar and his people on that one. When the press decided to make a run for the gate and the security or cop ran to prevent them from getting there, looks to me like he was doing his job.

Now, while I am sure it wasn't polite, that shove just did not look all that serious or threatening. She didn't even fall over, she also did not hit the side of that container all that hard either...sorry - once again, too much drama being made of too little. Weak, whiney little princesses (that would be the women AND the men) are becoming irritating ... she took her chances making a run for that gate when she knew the cops were there to keep them all away from it.

It looks to me like cops doing what they were told to do in keeping the press contained. If you don't like that or feel it is inappropriate, I really think you need to take it up with the people who gave the orders...

August 03, 2007 3:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

daily news
Reporter shoved at mayor's press event
Article Last Updated: 08/03/2007 01:45:29 PM PDT

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's effort to put his affair with a local Telemundo reporter behind him backfired this morning when a Port of Los Angeles police officer protecting him shoved a Spanish-language reporter against a steel container.

The mayor, who for weeks has been hounded at public events over his affair with KVEA reporter Mirthala Salinas, attempted to tightly control a morning press conference on port cleanup programs.

It was his first public appearance after Telemundo announced Thursday that Salinas would be suspended for two months without pay. Three of her superiors were also punished for their part in the scandal, including KVEA General Manager Manuel Abud, who was transferred, and News Director Al Corral, who also was suspended for two months without pay.

"I am not going to comment or speculate on the decision of Telemundo or their investigation," Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than a dozen reporters and news cameras. "It's time to move on and move on we will.

"Now that Telemundo's review has reached a conclusion, it's my hope that we can all move forward. I intend to do that by working as hard as I can every single day."

After fielding several questions, the usually


camera-friendly mayor left through two large shipping containers and beyond a gate. The reporters followed.
But a line of port police attempted to cordon them off. Several asked why they were being held back.

As a crowd of reporters pushed forward toward the mayor, Azteca America reporter Alicia Unger ran toward the gate. As she approached, a port police officer pushed her against the steel container.

"He pushed me with his hand, pushed me against the container, slammed me there," she said.

"The whole media was trying to interview the mayor but security is not allowing us and I think they are violating our rights once again," she said, referring to the Los Angeles Police Department's violent confrontation with the members of the media and the public during a May 1st immigration rights rally at MacArthur Park.

Sgt. Ken Hawkes of the Port of Los Angeles police said the agency will launch an internal investigation into the officer's actions.


August 03, 2007 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That little reporter can run. I think the Sarge needs a little daily cardo exercise. The reporters were trying to push past the officers during the entire incident. In fact, after the Sarge pushed the little gal she started trying to push past him. They (the reporters pushed first) pushed first.

August 03, 2007 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"It's time to move on and move on we will."

Ha ha ha ha!! Move on with WHAT?? More of the same-old, same-old?? I'll bet that is what he would like to see happen!

August 03, 2007 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Times:


Mayor can't shake Salinas affair

Cop shielding Villaraigosa gets rough with reporter

By David Zahniser and Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writers

2:38 PM PDT, August 3, 2007

August 03, 2007 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Z was first to have the story up on Times website. He's kicking butt

August 03, 2007 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Times David Zahniser wrote:

Spanish-language television reporter Alicia Unger was at the front of the pack, and as she approached one 20-foot container, Port Police Sgt. Kevin McCloskey shoved her into the side of it, further infuriating reporters, who began shouting.

"That's wrong," one television reporter screamed.

Another said: "You can't hit a woman like that."

A visibly shaken Unger, who reports for Azetca America Channel 54, then shouted at the officer: "Why are you pushing me?"


Well, I guess Unger, even though Spanish speaking also, won't get the same access or treatment as NBC/Telemundo's Salinas.

What a huge contrast! What is going on?

August 03, 2007 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha Ha Ha!! Acording to John and Ken, the "mayor"'s office is claiming they never told the police to keep the press at bay and away from his highness ... and, of course, everyone believes that, right?

August 03, 2007 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I blame the rogue mayor.

It's obvious due to his shameful personal trangressions, Villaraigosa cannot properly do his job. Now either directly or indirectly, he is having goons manhandle reporters so he cannot be asked embarrassing questions.

Every day this discredited buffoon stays in office, he brings further embarrassment to himself and more importantly, this once great city.

Villaraigosa, you are a sad joke. And you have failed. The people of Los Angeles DEMAND that you resign.

August 03, 2007 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Times David Zahniser wrote:

Villaraigosa customarily lingers after news conferences to answer additional questions from reporters and allow cameras to follow him to his vehicle.

But today, as the mayor strode from the podium, a half-dozen port police officers formed a skirmish line to block reporters and cameramen from approaching him.

"How come we're not allowed to talk to him?" one reporter barked.

Seems like SOMEONE has a new practice or strategy to shield the Mayor.


Spokesman Matt Szabo later said that the mayor's office did not order port police to keep reporters away from Villaraigosa.

Just keep on denying until and unless there is DNA evidence?

August 03, 2007 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like the Runner got past the Defensive Back and he handchecked her out of bounds for a five yard gain...it's a legal move in the NFL.

August 03, 2007 3:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOL @ 2:21 & 3:59

August 03, 2007 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's right, John. It was a simple slant pattern not very well executed nor defended, but that's what the pre-season is for.

August 03, 2007 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lucky for mayor viagra-ragosa that he's a democrat. Otherwise he would be on all the national alphabet news stations (abc, cbs, nbc, cnn, msnbc). Liberal bias at it's best. Oh yeah, working for Hillary guarantees you safety from the national media. Don't be surprised if the memo gets passed down to the local stations to lay off the mayor or else.
Abusing women is part of the democrat S.O.P., no one cared as Clinton (bill) was grouping woman after woman, unlike the accusations against the republican (in name only) governor .

August 03, 2007 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Spokesman Matt Szabo later said that the mayor's office did not order port police to keep reporters away from Villaraigosa.

How could the mayor's office deny anything?

WAS THE MAYOR RIGHT THERE AT THE SCENE? Doesn't the Port report to the mayor? Doesn't the port police ultimately report to the mayor? Wasn't the mayor the highest ranking official at the scene?

Remember, the mayor says something like "Responsibility starts at the top"

August 03, 2007 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

@#*%!....did someone get the number of that container??

August 03, 2007 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad to see that even on this blog, usually thirsty for AV's blood, most people blame the "bloodthirsty" mob of press. You can't call them reporters or journalists any more, since they actually prevent the dissemination of real news. The clean truck thing may not be sexy, but it impacts the health of area residents and truckers, and is a good start.

The sad thing about this whole scandal has been how quickly the MSM became no better than the slimy paparazzi.

And that Unger woman looks awfully happy at HER subsequent press conference: she's a nobody who got her name and ugly, fat face in the media for violating a cop's direct order to disperse. If any of us did that, we'd be arrested, as she should, too. If she's Mexican, deport her -- let her try this stuff back "home."

August 03, 2007 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MAV doesn't even act like he is the mayor of all Spanish speaking angelenos, let alone the mayor of ALL angelenos like he is supposed to be.

MAV seems to be the mayor for NBC, Telemundo and Salinas ONLY.

August 03, 2007 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No problem here. The mayor just has a new girlfriend and the orders were to keep Mirthala away. The guy just couldn't keep his Latina reporters straight.

August 03, 2007 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It’s time to show “Alcalde Nalgas Mugrosas” (Mayor Dirty Butt Cheeks) the door.

First he lets down his wife, then lets down his lover and now commands the police to beat up on woman reporters.

What do you expect from a Fascist that claims to be a Progressive ?

Hopefully the Spanish speaking audience that listens to Azteca Media will see that this “Vendido” (Sellout) who is ashamed of his last name would use the gullible, sacred and hard working scared immigrants in order to get ahead politically.

Shame on “Alcalde Nalgas Mugrosas”, forever to be known as the “MACHISTA MECHA MAYOR”.

August 03, 2007 4:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"While spokesman Matt Szabo later said that the mayor's office did not order port police to keep reporters away from Villaraigosa, he did acknowledge the mayor's standing order that all female Hispanic reporters wearing pink jackets are now to be shoved into 30-foot containers..."

August 03, 2007 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The way Zahniser says a male reporter "barked" his question, why they were not allowed to "interview" (i.e., NOT interview, but ignore what the Mayor was saying and harass) the Mayor, shows that even Z was pretty struck by how rude this unruly mob was.

Not only are they supposed to obey a cop's orders to disperse -- clearly, this is how they behaved at McArthur Park, too, then blamed the cops -- but in this case, the Mayor was entered a secured area. This pushy, unruly mob had NOT been given security clearance. Ports ae like airports that way.

That ugly Unger woman behaved like a little creep, kept dashing around the cop, giving him no choice. I'm sick of these slimy press people creating incidents, then dragging the Police Dept. through another money and time-wasting review. We need cops on the streets protecting us. At this rate, they'll figure it's easier to just let mobs rule.

Matt Szabo and the Mayor's office shouldn't have caved to fast and implied wrong-doing by the security cop who was just doing his job. Matt should have just shut up "pending an investigation" or something. By showing weakness this way, tney're asking for even more aggressive, bloodthirsty press to demand satisfaction.

August 03, 2007 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that Eric Spillman of KTLA who was giving Luke Ford a lecture about ethics and sensationalism? Why, yes it is!

August 03, 2007 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa has lost all credibility. Campaign fines, lying about not running for other offices, cheating on his wife. Turning on the press once they start asking him legit questions about his sordid personal life. The list goes on.

Hillary, if you have any sense, drop this clown. Not only can he not run a city, he cannot be trusted. As everyone knows, Villaraigosa is bad news.

August 03, 2007 4:48 PM  

Blogger Don Culo said:

To Antonio watch;
Thanks for the other video clip which showed the body check on the reporter a little better.

It is very ironic that Mayor VillaHollywood who usually loves to get his mug in front of the camera at every opportunity is now avoiding the news media.

I am also wondering where is Mirthala, she has been harder to spot than the Loch-Ness monster.

August 03, 2007 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:48: Actually, Spillman came off in that "debate" as jealous of bloggers, who don't have to live by pesky old- fashioned rules like verifying facts, and could basically do and say whatever they want, getting a "story" out there faster. If it's a lie, so what, they have no accountability.

Spillman was saying that the MSM had been too nice and careful, losing them some time in "breaking" stories.

Well, he's leading the pack of the new-world order of newspaper slimeballs now.

Meanwhile, one of the posts on this blog is a reminder that this story about the Mexican reporter will have a lot more resonance in the Mexican community, where many of them apparently know and watch this woman.They see everything from "the Mexican Mayor let us down" angle.

Well, if you're a Mexican reporter and too ugly to sleep with the Mayor, you can always get your mug in the press by chasing him and provoking a confrontation with the cops. The cops are a good, reliable punching bag for Mexicans these days.

August 03, 2007 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In light of the phony "investigation" and (lack of) action, and this morning's mistreatment of other Spanish speaking reporter, I personally want to boycott those TV news program's top sponor products.

I am trying to find out the products of say the Top 3 sponors of each of those TV news programs and will stop buying them (will buy their competitions' products instead)

August 03, 2007 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, thanks for asking.

The top three sponsors of those news programs are Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft and Miller High Life.

Keep up the community activism!

August 03, 2007 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey there freak shows,

Have any of you guys been to the Port of LA??

It's like fort knox there but with a ocean view.

It seems to me that the press was trying to into a restricted area and the port cops were just doing their duty of keeping people without the proper clearance away from a secure site.

The fact that a reporter was near a bin tells me they were already in a restricted site, the press should actually respect federal law and stop trying to be the next asshole with a more gossippy scoop.

I support the port police and I am sure federal law backs them up.

But of course the idiots on this blog know everything about the port, right?

August 03, 2007 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That woman is really creepy. The way she kept screaming at the cop, "Why did you push me, why did you push me?" after trying to run past him into a secure area after being very explicitly told not to -- she's aware of how she comes off, is trying to create tape of the incident to use later. Provoke the cops, get on tv as a martyr: the new game, best played by the Hispanic media, like at McArthur Park.

Seems to fit with their whole sensationalistic mentality, which is all you see on their tv shows, and it's how their news is often reported.

August 03, 2007 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:27 PM

That makes sense ... a while back there was a big boycott of Miller products because they were bankrolling illegal alien marches in another state ...

August 03, 2007 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:54 PM

Perhaps she is taking this opportunity for a little plastic surgery - some stretching here, some silicone there, change the nose somewhat, add a little padding to that bony frame ... she is not getting any younger and a girl with her reputation circulating is going to have to work a little harder ... the sales pitch from here on out isn't going to be so easy ... freshen things up, very important to avoid that "used" look ...

August 03, 2007 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who opened the door and let of all you haters in?

All you back-the badge folks, please do the rest of us a favor and crawl back to Simi Valley and stay there.

I bet you also backed the cops who beat the crap out of Rodney King too.

You guys are sicker than the Mayor and Mirthala.

August 03, 2007 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh Oh

August 03, 2007 6:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:36 PM
Oooooo ... can't we all just get along???

August 03, 2007 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa has made law enforcement the first casualty of every dust up.

Devon Brown, Suzie Pena, MacArthur Park and now, even when the police are protecting HIM, he throws 'em under the bus.

Way to go, Szabo.

August 03, 2007 7:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:59 PM

Well, this is certainly Mayor Sam's blog and he can have it take any direction he wishes, but you will note which stories at the moment get the bulk of the comments and the interest. Villar and his corrupt cronies statewide are certainly one of the hot issues in this city and state - a subject that is hard to avoid.

August 03, 2007 7:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor's staff working overtime here to try to spin this fiasco, huh? Ain't working, folks... No amount of spinning can deflect attention away from this crap.

MacArthur Park Melee round two....


August 03, 2007 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hating on MAV? Don't worry about the Mayor. He's so in love with himself that all the negative comments from all sources will not change a thing for him.

As for the outside world, he's got a staff of spinners and counter-bloggers that the real import of all the events are so blurred that most uninformed people will think the Mayor is doing a good job.

He's almost become the Teflon Mayor. "S" won't stick to him.

August 03, 2007 7:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa Pay his Girlfriend's Rent?


August 03, 2007 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unger was hoping to be the next Mirthala.

Guess AV told the bodyguards to keep the fugly reporters away.

August 03, 2007 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny how as the night wears on, the anti-authority, anti-city hall, anti- establishment, anti-order, anti- civility, grunges crawl up out of the ground, in the safety of darkness, and the poll figures start to shift.

August 03, 2007 8:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:08- you're right- the police haters have pulled ahead!

August 03, 2007 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She's an actress, not a reporter. What scum, she should have been arrested. Terminals are restricted areas for national security reasons. Kick her slimy back to the gutter.

August 03, 2007 10:04 PM  

Blogger Officer Malloy said:

I'm afraid the book doesn't tell officers to body check female reporters into container cargo ... unless they are lethally armed. Mayor's orders are to grant access to all Latina journalists who want access. Sgt. McCloskey will have to talk to the captain and internal affairs. Poor fellow!

August 03, 2007 10:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why was the video clip changed? The first one was from a different camera and was a much more complete view of the incident. It looks like the press conference was held in the longshore parking lot (an unsecured area) and the reporter was running towards the gate into the secured terminal. The cop is a big guy, if he had body checked the rather small reporter, she would have not been standing.
But the big question is why after shoving his face in front of the news cameras for two years, the mayor expects to continue getting a free pass from the press who are now realized they have been played. You cannot get in bed with a group (pun intended) then kick them out (or at least most of them) and not expect someone to get pissed. Might some reporters be angry at what they see as the mayor’s girlfriend (squeeze, sweetie-pie, gal, doll, moll, soul mate, honey, loved one, significant other, love of his life - pick one as suits your inclination) got away with a breach of professionalism (to put it mildly) because the status of her lover. But then again why would Universal want make the mayor angry while they still need him. Speaking of pissed people, has anyone heard anything about the mayor’s soon to be ex-wife?

August 03, 2007 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Mayor Villar or whatever you call yourself today,

Please resign; you have made a laughing stock of our people.

You raised trash fees, raised sewer fees, and moved up the date for increased water rates.

You shamed us with your Machista attitude towards women.

You claim to know the law yet could never passed the bar exam.

Didn't anyone tell you that people graduating from the People's College of Law, like your mentor and friend Senator Gil Cedillo, are ridiculously undereducated?

You have allowed the police to abuse our people like nothing since the August 29th Moratorium.

You patronize us with your Pocho Spanish and white washed smile.

Whenever there is a chance to promote highly qualified in-house personnel for important positions in the various departments you pass them up for your mediocre friends and outsiders from other cities.

You are a shameless undesirable that needs to leave and give someone else a chance to make us proud.

And by the way please tell the rest of the Hispanic Clowns in City, County and State Governments that they can leave with you too.

Truly not yours,

A disappointed Hispanic Democratic Voter hopelessly waiting for a dignified representative.

August 03, 2007 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Why don't you tell us how you really feel?

August 03, 2007 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:47: YOu Hispanics won't really be grown up until you stop only electing other Hispanics, and expecting each and every one of them to carry the mantle of La Raza. Any Mayor or Councilman or higher official is supposed to represent ALL the people, including liberal and conservative whites, blacks, the Asians...he's not YOUR Mayor. When you can elect a person for their credentials and not race, you will be ready for democracy and your opinion will really start to matter.

As for the people bashing the Mayor for all the women he's put on various commissions: that's one thing he should be commended for. Women used to make up just 13% of commissioners, not it's closer to half. And I'm sure he doesn't pick them because he's banging them, or wants to -- most are pretty ugly, but seem qualified.

You claim he's a sexist mechista, but this accusation is sexist.

August 03, 2007 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Credit to Kevin James for pointing out the following blurb regarding LA's midget mayor in the New York Post, By Cindy Adams, dated 8-2-07:

SO what are they putting in the water out in L.A.? Richard Riordan, its for mer mayor, left his wife, Nancy, because, at age 73, he had two mistresses - one 43, one 34. Now you've maybe just heard that Antonio Villaraigosa, the town's current mayor, split with his wife of 20 years, with whom he has two kids. Why? Because he has a mistress - a Telemundo TV reporter who actually reported his June 8 marital split. But not to be outdone by the former mayor who obviously has Viagra as well as chutzpah because he had two ladies-in-waiting - comes now hush hush whisper whisper wink wink word that Mayor Villaraigosa also has a backup mistress. As I understand it, his inauguration speech promised to look into the big problems - crime, corruption, condoms.

Stay tuned for this ongoing saga titled Mistress: The Sequel.

August 03, 2007 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Salinas and the mayor made Jay Leno's monologue again tonight. Oh yeah .... time to move on!

August 03, 2007 11:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who says a "Hispanic" needs to speak spanish?! The term is Chicano-- an American born of Mexican decent. How many third or fourth generation LATINOS speak perfect spanish??!! Get a clue... He speaks spanish as a favor to immigrants. Clearly you have no idea what you're talking about.
As for the slamming incident-- who else besides reporters gets 500 warnings from police, at a location that is guarded like "Fort Knox"? Why should they be treated as special?????

August 04, 2007 12:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn. If a latino speaks spanish he gets crapped on by non latinos. If he doesn't- he get's caca'ed on by latinos. What is this-- a Culture Clash production?!?!

August 04, 2007 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:47 PM

Do you never get it? You are NOT going to find one. The same fat elites who have squat on your country and drained it and you dry for decades upon decades, that manipulated you here to the U.S. and who control and manipulate you long distance now, will continue to do so. These puppets of theirs are all interchangeable. You are all fighting the wrong fight in the wrong place.

August 04, 2007 12:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:27: Didn't you hear, the proper term is Chicano, not Hispanic, which is too vague and can denote anyone from any Latin American country. (Are Spaniards lumped in there, too?)

Some people get a little huffy about the distinction...

On the other hand, they call us white people "anglos," even Schwarzenegger whose English is dubious, and then there's my Italian grandma who's Sicilian and my Czech and German and Bulgarian friends and neighbors, who mangle the English language even worse than Arnie. And now even light-skinned Persians are "anglo," since there's no special designation for them.

The only real "anglos" are people from England -- even Scots and the Welch and the Irish would quibble with about being "anglos." If you want to call us something, we are "European Americans" with even closer connections to our "home" continent in general than the blacks who now prefer "AFrican-American." So if someone calls you a "Hispanic American/ California, take it as a compliment and consistent with the rest of us.

So get off your high horse about distinctions between how-many generation "Chicanos," you Latinos: you're in OUR country, this isn't and never was Aztlan or Mexican territory and not subject to YOUR terminology.

August 04, 2007 12:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Notice how this disappeared from tv news as the evening wore on: people must have been outraged at the so- called reporters, and that idiotic actress/ provacateur of a little Hispanic. Made the press look bad, like what they are, vultures too busy harassing people to remember that they were supposed to get a story.

August 04, 2007 4:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The best news coverage was Dave Bryant of KCAL 9 at the 9p top of hour. He made it known the mayor use to be the darling of media but not anymore. His report stating how Antonio can't have a press conf. without the questions always being about Mirthala. Hey, why hasn't the media shown any photos of Mayor and Mirthala together? Why is she hiding? Newsome's affair coverage lasted a week. Antonio is like the Energizer Bunny that keeps going on. AND Stupid is as Stupid Does. Now Janice Hahn who assaulted a security guard at Century Plaza Hotel 2 years ago wants an investigation. What an embezzle!!! She's the last idiot who should be opening her blonde bimbo mouth. Poor Port Police and regular cops always are the first to get slammed for doing their job. Little spanish reporter was told to keep back but like the vultures they are tried to run to get a story. She got what was coming to her. BOYCOT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT TELEMUNDO AND NBC ADVERTISERS. POWER OF THE PEOPLE

August 04, 2007 6:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The smart thing to do was to open the damn pool at Miguel Contreras but dumb ass Antonio thinks they should bus poor kids across the city to go swimming. He must be as dumb as he looks.

....Mayor takes steps to cool off pool dispute...Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took the plunge Friday, jumping into a swimming pool dispute that has pitted residents of a low-income neighborhood against school and parks officials.

Starting today, the mayor's office will provide vans to take youngsters from 3rd Street's Miguel Contreras Learning Center, where a closed pool is at the center of the dispute, to pools at Griffith and Glassell parks. Vehicles will leave at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from the Bixel Avenue side of the campus, a mayor's spokesman said.

August 04, 2007 6:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:35 AM

Right, because some woman DEMANDS it (no doubt from the illegal community) the city should make available a pool that is not set up for public use either in the facilities it offers or in the way the pool is designed - no doubt so some "accidents" can occur and allow some more illegals to sue the City for a bundle!!

So now, instead, the brilliant "mayor" is going to have the City PAY to bus them to a different pool and take on added potential liability in the transportation process. Also, are they going to allow kids on those buses without an adult along with them?

Brilliant all the way around just to cowtow to a bunch of illegals making demands?

Every time this "mayor" opens his mouth or does anything all he ever does is provide more reasons to get rid of him as quickly as possible!

August 04, 2007 7:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's Azteca tv that should be boycotted, not just Telemundo.

As for Hahn demanding an investigtion I told you so earlier: Bitter Bernie, Hahn the whacko, trying to out-do the Hispanics in kissing butt to the Mexicans (especially powerful hotel unions, w/ her initiatives for LAX-area hotel workers), and then of course, the leftie Hispanics starting with Alarcon, Cardenas, Reyes will jump aboard to blame the cops, like on May 1st.

On Friday there were some 20 "Special events, fees absorbed by the city" on all but a few, and who was the sponsor of all of them?

Hahn the spendthrift: to the tune of over $120K worth on one day, including stupid things like block parties for one block, %6,000 K...

Aren't the people in her district educated enough to get rid of her?

August 04, 2007 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ALL reporters should be shoved into steel containers. Bloggers watch out - You're next!

August 04, 2007 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE: Hahn bashing the cops: It was yesterday on prev. thread, 8/3 6:27 p that I predicted Hahn, Bitter Bernie and Alarcon -- followed happily by the other Hispanics -- would promptly turn this into a civil rights violation by the cops and demand an investigation.

This brainless mob is clearly exasperating Bratton, with their anti- cop attitude, and provincial refusal to understand how important it is to fund some cops for the anti-terrorism unit -- something the reporters and officials in NYC all marvel at.

We're a world class city with rubes from the Valley, dregs from the Hahn dynasty and Mexicans who cater to illegals, sucking us dry.

August 04, 2007 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:35 a.m.: sorry, you're wrong about how they should have opened the Contreras school pool to the mob of illegal taco vendors and other motley screamers who seem to determine the course of the city these days. It's an Olympic swimmers' pool with no shallow end for kids, and these poor Mexican adults can't swim, either.

If LAUSD needs to make every pool open to the public, they should have been designed that way. That design and policy decision was made way, way, way before AV came along, so if you're going to blame someone blame Marlene Kanter and her fellow geniuses who never wasted a chance to make a wrong decision.

But I'm also ticked off at the money it will take to bus this mob of motley illegals, who could just as easily have taken existing buses without bleeding us of tens of thousands of bucks to haul their illegal, illiterate behinds.

August 04, 2007 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dan Browne*Universal President
courted Midget Mayor way long ago.

WHAT: Telemundo KVEA's 20th anniversary bash, Fiesta de Estrellas Telemundo, Nov. 12 and 13

WHO: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Telemundo prexy Don Browne, Universal Studios Hollywood's Larry Kurtzweil and Telemundo 52 KVEA's Manuel Abud; plus telenovela stars Michel Brown, Gabriela Spanic, Saul Lisazo

** Former Universal Studios chief Frank Biondi Jr., a longtime Kerry supporter who is holding a fundraiser for Villaraigosa at his Los Angeles home.

***UNIVERSAL CITY - Calling the San Fernando Valley the "backbone" of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenged its business leaders


August 04, 2007 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa, a Los Angeles native who dropped out of high school before graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles, collected more campaign cash during the race. The challenger raised about $3.7 million compared with Hahn's $1.44 million as of May 11, according to filings with the City Ethics Commission.

Among Villaraigosa's donors were Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner, media billionaire Haim Saban and Frank Biondi, senior managing director of WaterView Advisors and former Viacom Inc. chief executive officer. The donors, who gave the maximum of $1,000, declined to comment on the race.

`About the Money'

``This is more about the money,'' City Councilman Eric Garcetti said at a party for Hahn supporters at Club Element in Hollywood before Villaraigosa claimed victory. ``Mayor Hahn hasn't had the money and money is what shows up on the television and in people's mailboxes.''

August 04, 2007 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess the City will be paying this reporter a few million bucks - which to me is directly related to the dwarf mayor bonking the 'ho reporter. Thanks Antonio.

August 04, 2007 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:12 am: The story on the botched press conference in Long Beach was on ALL the nightly newscasts last night, including Telemundo's.

6:17 am: Your post mangles the facts so badly I don't know where to start.

First of all, the "media" has shown all the pics that they have of Salinas and the Mayor together. Do you have any you want to share?

Second, Hahn did not assault a security guard at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The incident happened at a hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX and involved a large group of hotel workers and activists trying to get into to see the hotel manager.

A "sue-happy" guard claimed that in the melee, Hahn pushed him (video contradicted that) and he wanted to sue her. The claims were never proven and the case was either dropped or is still in litigation.

Poor Port Police and regular cops? Please.

August 04, 2007 10:02 AM  

Blogger Sue Doe-Nim said:

Sometimes our Mayor acts out of fear.

I think we all know he has a lot to hide so a little lady with a big mouth is waaaaay scarier than a little lawsuit.


He's not afraid of court.

August 04, 2007 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent report by Dave Bryan on Channel 9 last night: yes, the press are at long last no longer simply eating up the #$!@* being dished out by the mayor and his office and are finally getting around to talking about the humongous ego and the unbounded ambition and the fake "family values" persona, etc..

August 04, 2007 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now that he's been mayor for awhile, it's clear that the Villaraigosa experiment has failed.

He does not have the intellectual depth, honesty, or the personal integrity necessary to run the second largest city in the U.S.

He has no credibility and has lost the trust of Angelenoes. Villaraigosa must save the city further embarrassment and resign immediately.

August 04, 2007 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:09 AM

Well that is in absolutely no way acceptable now, is it?

All the more reason why he should resign immediately.

August 04, 2007 10:23 AM  

Blogger Gary Fouse said:

Antonia Villaraigosa- Moving On

Yesterday, LA Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa appeared at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro as part of his great pothole tour, this time to announce that the Target chain was implementing the use of 100 new cargo trucks using cleaner burning natural gas. (Really! I'm not making this up, folks.) Unfortunately, as usual, the assembled reporters had no interest in this topic and again peppered His Honor with questions about his paramour, Telemundo reporter, Mirthala Salinas. The timing was exquisite since Telemundo had just announced a 2-month suspension of Salinas, coupled with the transfers and suspensions of three of Salinas' supervisors (who had known about the affair).

As is his wont, Villaraigosa evaded any questions about Salinas, trying to bring the subject back to the clean air trucks that interested nobody. During his tap dance, Villraigosa repeatedly reminded the press that "it was time to move on", a favorite line of the Democrats during the Clinton-Lewinsky affair.

Finally, as Villaraigosa retreated to his car, covered by a phalanx of Port Authority Police, reporters tried to follow the mayor to continue their questions. As police blocked their route, one reporter, Alicia Unger of Azteca America, tried to slip between a couple of cargo containers to avoid the security and get closer to the mayor. At this point, she was slammed into a cargo container by a burly plain-clothes Port Authority sergeant in sun glasses named Kevin
Mc Closkey. (Talk about a name right out of central casting. Say, wasn't he the same New York PD cop who roughed up Al Pacino in Godfather I?) Anyway, as they say in Spinland, Villaraigosa succeeded in "moving on" right back to the temporary safety of City Hall.

Meanwhile, what will eventually happen to Salinas' career is anyone's guess now that Telemundo has concluded that serious professional guidelines were violated by her and her bosses. Much like Clinton, however, Villaraigosa skates merrily along, from pothole to clean-air trucks, while those he comes in contact with go down life's toilet.

gary fouse

August 04, 2007 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:00 AM- you're right! so much for the "no taxpayer dollars were used" talk.

August 04, 2007 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha ha ha! Actually, in watching that video again, McCloskey should be commended. That was really a pretty smooth, effective and well timed move he pulled off!

August 04, 2007 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:02 a.m.: Who cares about what Telemundo, Azteca and the other Spanish press shows? They are a fifth column here in the U S, with an agenda of furthering Mexico's and Mexicans' ambitions to take over L A, turn it into the Aztlan Mexican "homeland" that never did exist outside of their imaginations.

The Mexican elite push their refuse into our city (where taco vendors demand and get rights to bus their motley little hordes to our city pools, because they won't take the bus): they've trashed our schools, hospitals and streets.

But their less obvious tactic is taking over our city via their media, encouraging their slimy Mexican infiltrator "reporters" to provoke confrontations with the cops and to make whitey look bad, so that we'll give up on the city altogether, leave it to their Third- world illiterate, hostile hordes, and then the Mexican elite ccan waltz or cha-cha-cha up from Mexico, to take their rightful place.

They used AV while they thought he was up with this gameplan, but if he's not going to make it easy for them, they can try to push him out along with his white supporters, and push in someone sleazier and totally for sale -- like Nunez.

The Spanish media and non-Mexican media exist in parallel universes.
The Mexican reports and management never pretended to have standards, as exposed by the Telemundo affair and have always been P R machines for the Mexican elite in Mexico.

August 04, 2007 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks to Antonio Watch's earlier link,

there is the smoking gun!


The police line was obviously formed just to delay the reporters from catching up with the departing mayor, not about any restricted area.

When the mayor had walked away far enough and that other walking reporters and cameramen probably couldn't catch the mayor, the police seemed to have given permission to the reporters to go forward then.

That is evidenced by another reporters saying "Let's go" and "Thanks" to the police in the first 3 or 4 seconds of the above video clip. Please check it out again.

Both Alicia Unger, the reporter, and Kevin McCloskey, the port police, were right there. They must both have heard the same thing (that the reporters could move forward now).

The police were actually walking together with the reporters at this point. The police were not blocking the reporters.

It was when Alicia Unger started running, and that Kevin McCloskey might think that she could probably catch up with the major by running, that he shoved her to the container!

It is obvious that the police must have received order to shield the mayor from the reporters after the mayor spoke. These orders would usually come from the mayor's office. Who else would dare?

August 04, 2007 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Like KFI says Janice Hahn is an embezzle and so are the rest of city council. They are a bunch of morons who can't think of anything outside the box. They waste millions of tax dollars and jump on the media like a bunch of whores. LAPD will never get all the cops they want because of these lame asses. Cops can't stand Antonio or city council cause they all think they can do a better job. All they do is bitch bitch bitch and support illegals, gang bangers and rest of the losers in the city. When was the last time they did anything for the educated people of this city? I wish the valley would split up and teach Antonio a lesson. Now would be a good time to do it. Antonio and city council have been the laughing stock of the entire nation. Cable had aired all the bullshit videos over and over of their stupidity.

August 04, 2007 5:54 PM  

Blogger Roberto Allende said:

I hope that she files a crime report.


(“[N]ews organizations . . . have First Amendment rights to make and display videotapes ”); Channel 10, Inc. v. Gunnarson, 337 F. Supp. 634, 638 (D. Minn. 1972) (“[T]he news media [has] a right to be in public places and on public property to gather information, photographically or otherwise.”).

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Among these inalienable rights, as proclaimed in that great document, is the right of men to pursue their happiness, by which is meant the right to pursue any lawful business or vocation, in any manner not inconsistent with the equal rights of others, which may increase their prosperity or develop their faculties, so as to give to them their highest enjoyment. Butchers' Union Slaughter-house & Live-stock Landing Co. v. Crescent City Live-stock Landing & Slaughterhouse Co. U.S. Supreme Court 111 U.S. 746 (1884)

August 04, 2007 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am ugly and can't get laid.

I need to get my ugly mug in the news so that i will be popular.

I need to find a "cause."

I can fight for Mexican farmworkers or hotel maids or, better yet, I need to find some cops to attack so that I can cry racism and freedom of press.

Yes, that sounds like the best plan.

August 04, 2007 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're right, Ugly Unger can't speak English, but she sure could pipe up pretty quickly: Why did you push me, why, why, why? Squeak and gasp...

Does sound very REHEARSED, no?

August 04, 2007 11:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:42: BINGO!

That's exactly what happened at the Port yesterday.

Port Police were told to hold the media back just long enough for the Mayor to get a good head start out of there.

Once they thought he was clear the OK was given to the media to move forward.

When Unger, naively hoping she'd still be able to get a question with MAV began to run, that's when Officer McPushy ran after her and pushed her into the container.

Uncalled for and definitely excessive force, considering he weighs over 225 and she comes in at about 100.

To many of the other posters: The personal attacks on Unger's looks and accent are also unwarranted.

Were those really necessary?

Or is it simply a case of you not having a coherant line of thought or argument to present here?

No matter where you stand, can't you leave the personal attacks out?


And when you refer to "Mexican Media", do you know the biggest Spanish-language network in the country, UNIVISION was owned for decades by Jerry Perenchio who is NOT Mexican or even Hispanic for that matter?

Univision is now owned by Jewish-Egyptian billionaire Haim Saban.

Telemundo, the second largest Spanish language is owned by GE/NBC/Universal -- not Mexican last time I checked.

KRCA Channel 62 is owned by the Lieberman Family.

Azteca America is an off-shoot of TV Azteca in Mexico but employees hundreds of "non-Mexicans" in the US.

August 05, 2007 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:12 AM

Hmmm ... Mexican elites, jews, globalists ... you are under the impression there is a difference?

August 05, 2007 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

funny-i'm just glad to see the port police guards out in the day light and not sleeping in the boat house with their female friends.

August 05, 2007 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:12: Of course her being Mexican, ugly and unable to speak English except to cry and whine, is all part of the picture. A big part. Awful as the main/non-Mexican media is, I've never seen a white woman play the woman/race/ethnic/ugly card that way, to become a multiple-level victim.

August 05, 2007 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Riordan has two mistresses. I'd like to know who they are? Where do these politicos find all these women .... MistressMatch.com?

August 05, 2007 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yes, it worth repeating, who doing the research? We cannot let
Alicia Corona and Teresa Duarte get away with YOUR TAX MONEY of $ 1.5 Million Dollars to Purchase the
former Rose Eye Clinic in Lincoln Heights Your right on the button these ladies who are owners of sweatshop, they do not lived in Licoln Heights. Alicia Live in San Fernando Valley and Teresa lived in Pasadena, CA . The person you have to thank is the PRINTER for his effort and Barrio Planner, Joe Corria and certain members of the the Community. Alicia and Teresa at the whore of Lincoln Heights. For your information, she use that money to purchase another property by Staples Center, under another name, she will be opening a high class restaurant with dancing their silent partner is someone in the Lincoln Heights.

August 06, 2007 9:53 AM  

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