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For Immediate Release
July 8, 2009
Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Has a Few Questions for El Diario
New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz issued the following statement
regarding the recent FBI arrest of Vicky Peláez, columnist of El Diario /
La Prensa. Ms Peláez has plead guilty of being a Russian spy.
“I’d like to point out the obvious double standard practiced by New
York’s most popular Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario / La Prensa
in their reporting of Vicky Peláez, a 22-year employee who plead
guilty after being arrested by the FBI for being a Russian spy.
If I had employed a Russian spy to work on my staff – or if any other
elected official has employed someone for his or her staff – for 22
minutes and he or she were arrested by the FBI, El Diario’s headlines
would be screaming. There would be no kid gloves approach to those
articles, and I am sure they would be writing a lot of ugly things
about elected officials – especially me.
So isn’t it our responsibility as readers of El Diario to hold El
Diario to that same level of accountability?
Who else on El Diario’s staff does not belong delving into records
and researching about New Yorkers? Who else at El Diario should not
be given access to interview New Yorkers? Who at El Diario is taking
responsibility for hiring Ms. Peláez and maintaining her as a staff
employee for 22 years? Who else has slipped into El Diario’s staff
who does not belong there?
Of course, if the shoe were on the other foot, I am sure I would be
required to answer those and many more questions. But for now, I will
be satisfied to receive the answers from El Diario’s management,
investors and advertiser to those questions.”
For further information, please contact Senator Rev. Díaz at 718-496-4793