'Hands off Mirthala'

Earl Ofari Hutchinson blogs at Friendly Fire:

Telemundo officials say that they will make a decision within the next few days whether to fire Mirthala Salinas or not. They shouldn’t. True Salinas made an airhead decision to get romantically involved with Tony. And yes, that love lapse could have blasted apart the line between romance and journalistic integrity.

But Salinas is as much a victim of Tony’s rapacious political and media egoism as she is a victim of her heart. Politics is a dirty business and the dirt and the business doesn’t stop at the bedroom door. If a politician can lie, cheat and manipulate to scurry up the political career ladder, that same politician can lie, cheat and manipulate love.

Don't expect Earl's call to put much fear in Telemundo. On Thursday, Mariel Garza asked on the Daily News' opinion blog if Cardinal Roger Mahony should resign. Only two Friendly Fire readers commented, and one was DN staffer Steven Rosenberg.

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