Is Margo Howard's Blagojevich Telemundo Tweet Racist? (POLL)

Was Tweet About Blagojevich And Telemundo Racist?
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You'd think the daughter of the late Esther Lederer, better known as the advice columnist "Ann Landers," might be especially careful in picking her words.

Turns out, the 71-year-old Margo Howard, herself an advice columnist, is facing some blowback on Twitter for a comment some readers saw as racist.

On Tuesday, Howard, under the username @margoandhow, reported some bafflement at Spanish-language TV station Telemundo's coverage of the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

She wrote: "Not sure why Telemundo cares. Their soap operas off? Séptimo día de deliberaciones en el caso por corrupción del ex-gobernador #blagojevich."

Her comment quickly upset Illinois state representative Deb Mell (@debmell), who retweeted it, adding, "Wow that is so racist:"

(Note: Mell is Blagojevich's sister in law)

And NBC Chicago executive producer Kathryn Janicek (@kathrynjanicek) pointed out that Telemundo's crews had been at the trial every day.

Howard might have only dug herself deeper with this reply: "Not racist at all, & not meant to be. Y would People in Mexico care? & they ARE known for their shows."

At that point, Alba Mendiola (@albamendiola), a Telemundo reporter in Chicago, jumped in, pointing out that Telemundo is an American station that broadcasts in Spanish, with a strong local presence and viewership in Illinois.

Tell us what you think: vote in this poll, and make your case in the comments below.

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