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Monday, October 23, 2006

Blogging For Congress, Nasty Comments & Did Alan Chartock Sexually Harass Karen Perozi Guistina.

One New York Congressional candidate is blogging instead of running for congress.

The same candidate was subjected to a nasty comment on Capitol Confidential’s blog which claims that it moderates all comments. I‘d hate to read comments on their blog if they didn‘t moderate them. Here‘s the comment.

“Redlich why don’t you take your sorry butt and comments over to the 21st CD Blog.
Oh that’s right, there isn’t one!!

Gestapo On Patrol”

Speaking of nasty comments on blogs. Glen Heller, Alan Chartock’s nemesis, does not moderate comments on his blog. The comments left there don’t say much for the level of intelligence and decorum on the part of Chartock’s supporters. While I am still somewhat baffled by Heller’s seeming obsession with Chartock, I am also baffled by the level of hatred that Chartock’s supporters express toward Heller.

Here is a sampling of comments by Chartock supporters:

“You are a true wingnut.”

“On the whole your ramblings seem nonsensical and deranged. You probably need some kind of psychological help in all honesty as I don't see how anyone could spend so much time on a misguided and futile task.”

“no posts lately...maybe this asshole has finally gotten a life.”

“"Comming"? Nice spelling, ass pirate.”

“Get your muck straight before you rake it, loser.”

“Who is running this site, Rush Limbaugh? Take some Oxycontin (sic)and shut up.”

People often leave comments to a post many months later. These often don’t get read. Sometimes its fun to go to an old post and look at the more recent comments. Here is an interesting comment posted on Glenn Heller’s blog by an anonymous person on Oct. 14.

You see most board ops make less then 25K per year, Guistina is another situation, you see he is married to Karen Perozi-Guistina, the former fund drive director that Alan Chartock sexualy harassed, she threatened a lawsuit and Chartock (WAMC) settled out of court by paying her some part of her annual pay.

So it becomes logical that Chartock does not dare touch Guistina, should he fire Guistina there would be no reason not to expose the sexual harassment - and that the payoff came via WAMC funds. If this became public via Guistina Chartock would be finished.

So Guistina works the board most mornings, in part to keep him as far away from Chartock as possible, it must be tense for Chartock, knowing full-well if he does not take care of Guistina then the truth about that whole situaton will come out.

For Guistina is is a form of job security, he has the key in his hand and Chartock knows it.

But I've got news, there is much more Chartock is going to be answering to that will make the Guistina-Perozi issue seem minor.

Senior staff of WAMC know full well of Chartock's activities, they are withholding evidence of all kinds of crimes, mostly tax-related, so they might be in for a tough time as well.

Heller has never released the name of the person he claims that Alan Chartock sexually harassed, but hints have been left on his blog by people, including the initials K. P. in one comment. In my opinion this is the most serious charge that Heller has raised against Chartock. If this issue is to ever be resolved, it seems like the person who claims Chartock harassed her should be named, and Chartock should be confronted by her claims. I can’t say with certainty that Karen Perozi Guistina is the person, but all signs seem to point in that direction.

5 Comments:

  • Perhaps its just ignorance on my part, but its difficult for me to see Chartock harassing anyone other than his listeners during the seemingly endless fund drives. That's a different story altogether. But having known him personally, he doesn't strike me as the type of person that would sink to the type of decorum one would consider sexually explicit. The taxes maybe. But the harassment, I'm a little hesitant to fathom.

    By Blogger Horatio Alger, at 11:45 AM  

  • It would be great if Heller would come forward with the person's name and his proof. Then the issue could be dealt with once and for all, provided, of course, it wasn't swept under the table. I don't know Chartock so I don't know whether he is or isn't capable of such behavior. I have ambivalent feelings toward him. I like and listen to some programs on WAMC, but there is much I don't like on the station.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 1:33 PM  

  • I've met Alan a few times and once interviewed him on my old Capital Region People radio program. He's Mr. Multi-tasker. You can't help but like him. I can't imagine Alanharassing anyone, and I enjoy his little fundraising rants. Heller makes a lot of noise, but the proof is in the pudding, and so far, no pudding!

    By Anonymous Dave Lucas, at 9:37 AM  

  • Mr. Lucas, you wrote above: "I've met Alan a few times and once interviewed him on my old Capital Region People radio program. He's Mr. Multi-tasker. You can't help but like him. I can't imagine Alan harassing anyone, and I enjoy his little fundraising rants. Heller makes a lot of noise, but the proof is in the pudding, and so far, no pudding!"

    Not long ago, New York Times reporter Judith Miller, rather than revealing sources to whom she pledged maintaining their confidentiality, chose to spend weeks in jail.

    In researching the matter of workplace sexual harassment at WAMC (about which I had been alerted by numerous sources), I made a similar pledge of confidentiality to Alan Chartock's female victim. She stated to me that before she could tell me her version of events, that confidentiality was a requirement because it was one of the terms of the out-of-court Settlement Agreement she had signed with Mr. Chartock and WAMC.

    Not satisfied to rely solely on this young woman's version of events, and because of the seriousness of the allegations she was making against a public figure (once made, the stain of such charges is nearly impossible to erase), and to protect my personal liability as well in reporting on such matters, I proceeded to obtain further confirmation of her story from multiple sources all of whom were her co-workers at the time at WAMC, and all of whom witnessed her boss's advances.

    This is NOT merely a matter of He Said - She Said. This IS a matter of He Said - She Said - They Verified Her Version - WAMC Paid Her Off!

    What standard-of-proof in cases of workplace sexual harassment do you think The New York Times and/or The Washington Post use when reporting on such matters?

    What additional proof of veracity would you suggest is necessary to produce in the instant matter that would not compromise the pledge of confidentiality made to the victim?

    In reporting on this matter, I believe I have exceeded most, if not all, reasonable standards for authenticating veracity.

    I hope this helps thicken "the pudding".

    Regards,
    Glenn M. Heller, editor
    WAMC Northeast Pirate Network -- http://www.wamc.net
    Blog:
    WAMC Pirates' Blog -- http://www.wamcnet.blogspot.com
    Snail mail:
    P.O. Box 100, Monterey, MA 01245
    Telephone: 202.973.2141

    By Anonymous Glenn M. Heller, editor, WAMC Pirates, at 2:33 PM  

  • Mr. Weaver:
    More important from a legal (prosecutorial) standpoint is the fact that Mr. Chartock misappropriated close to $20,000 in WAMC monies to pay-off his accuser and buy her silence. Northeast Public Radio’s tax-exempt checkbook was used to settle out-of-court a matter involving its CEO’s personal misbehavior. Mr. Chartock has yet to deny any of this. Lest anyone’s common sense be lulled by the dull-edge of the word ‘misappropriate,’ Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (1977) defines it with sharp clarity: “to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement).”
    Glenn M. Heller, editor
    WAMC Northeast PIRATE Network
    e-mail: editor@wamc.net
    Web site: http://www.wamc.net/
    Blog: http://www.wamcnet.blogspot.com/
    Snail mail:
    P.O. Box 100, Monterey, MA 01245
    Telephone: 202.973.2141

    By Anonymous Glenn M. Heller, editor, WAMC Pirates, at 2:18 AM  

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