Deb Mell: Dear Prudence racist about Telemundo

A Tweet fight broke out between Illinois Representative Deb Mell and Margo Howard, better known as the author of the Dear Prudence column.

The fight, involving just two tweets between the two, but then being picked up by media outlets, started when Howard asked on June 19 why Telemundo was noting the lengthy¬†deliberations¬†in the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich: “Not sure why Telemundo cares. Their soap operas off?”

Mell responded with a tweet: “Wow that is so racist.”

Howard defended her tweet, “Not racist at all, & not meant to be. Y would People in Mexico care? & they ARE known for their shows.”

“<@TemeundoChgo crews covering #Blagojevich each day> I knew that from the 1st trial, which I covered. Wondered why then”

As seen in the line-up of the conversation Telemundo Chicago journalist Alba Mendiola then stepped in explaining the local presence and importance of Telemundo in the Chicago market.

At that point Howard backed off her criticism. “I did not know you were a US outlet.”

Mell is the daughter of Ald. Dick Mell and the brother-in-law of Blagojevich. Mell has often been reported in court providing emotional support for Patti Blagojevich, her sister.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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