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Wednesday, July 04, 2007


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(CHICAGO)(July 5, 2007) Add the socialist-cum-Democrat Mayor of Los Angeles to the list. He wants us to respect his privacy.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked Tuesday July 2nd that we “respect his privacy.” He’s been busy committing adultery.

And so, in preparing this column I began to gambol across the Internet seeking other examples of people frolicking in the media, and frolicking in the boudoir as well, and asking us to “respect their privacy.”

We have recently been subjected to a veritable avalanche of requests for privacy, from people who were speaking to the media and seeking publicity.

Sir Salman Rushdie, the only man to have triggered death warrants from Iranian ayatollahs as well as riots in Britain, announced that he had agreed to divorce his wife. The BBC reported “Mr. Rushdie’s spokeswoman Jin Auh said Rushdie ‘asks that the media respect his privacy.’”

Not to be outdone in the privacy derby, Mrs. Sir Salman Rushdie, who also uses her maiden name Padma Lakshmi, rushed to call the celebrity gossip column “Page Six” at the New York Post, and “(asked) that their privacy be respected…”

The entertainer Usher issued a press release last month-- asking that his “privacy be respected.” He’s having a baby before benefit of clergy (his first, his wife’s fourth).

And, in the episode that triggered these remarks. Mayor Villaraigosa’s new squeeze, a reporter for Telemundo, Mirthala Salinas issued her own statement, “confirming her relationship” and, of course, “hop(ing) that everyone can understand and respect my desire to maintain my privacy when it comes to personal relationships.”

Adding yet another, more obnoxious layer to Ms Salinas’ hypocrisy, she anchored the newscast on which she read the report of the mayor’s separation from his wife. Talk about pillow talk. Or if pillows could only talk.

Ms. Salinas sleeps with a married man, triggers a divorce and ends a 20-year marriage, and wants us to “respect [her] privacy” when it comes to her marriage-wrecking adventures? The word my dear woman is not “privacy” in English. Rather, the word is “chutzpah” in Yiddish. When you compromise the life of the mayor of the nation’s second largest city you are not engaged in “private” behavior. Likewise, in the culturally conservative California Latino community, adultery is not a minor matter. The mayor’s request to conduct his adultery “in private” is presumptuous and contemptuous. But then he’s Democrat.

I discovered there is even a web site:

Politicians, of course, are world class hypocrites when it comes to asking for privacy when they commit infamy. I am sure a little more digging would lead to a fatter column. But you get the point.

Who do these hypocrites think they are, asking for privacy though press agents and news releases? Often for their peccadilloes involving their “private parts?” It’s enough to make you respect Howard Stern’s vision of society.

Having been in the public arena for over forty years I am well aware there is no such thing as privacy when you seek publicity; there is no “private” right to commit acts against public morals or family morality. Unless, of course, you are President Bill Clinton and “did not have sexual relations with that woman.” You know the rest.

But please, keep it private.

Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Cell (917) 664-9329 Web sites:;


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