Saturday, July 23, 2016


Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Steven Gradman - Religious and Community Liaison
Allen Smith - Economics Reporter and Internet Advisor
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      The Staten Island Advance, one of the ultimates in corrupt corporate-controlled media, owned by multi-billionaire Donald Newhouse, has a history of willfully misreporting and often censoring political news. The Advance has, for example been protecting the political mob for years with its  willful suppression of the facts of NYS Senator Diane Savino's (D.-S.I./Bklyn) Chief of Staff Robert Cataldo, an identified member of the Mafia, who some years ago literally terrorized me at my scheduled appointment with him in Ms. Savino's S.I. district office on an urgent constituent services matter warranting Ms. Savino's intervention. (I was of course unaware at the time that Cataldo was a mobster - and a lunatic.) The crime is documented as "criminal harassment' in NYPD complaint #2006-120-8244.
     The crime was politically motivated inasmuch as I was an announced Federal Elections Commission-registered Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate against Savino pal Hillary Clinton
and I had been harassed by the Clintons previously for my exposure of their direct involvement in the coverup of a Genocide - i.e. the one being perpetrated by Communist China in the formerly independent nation of Tibet. Because Cataldo perpetrated a major criminal violation of my civil rights I contacted  then U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District (and no U.S. Attorney General) Loretta Lynch.  At the request of Ms. Lynch's assistant I have sent a detailed complaint against Cataldo and his principal protector Diane Savino to Ms. Lynch.
   And inasmuch as Robert Cataldo has been reliably identified (by S.I. Democratic Party official Mendy Mirocznik) as "a member of the Sicilian Mob", I contacted the FBI and, at the request of that agency have sent my complaint email to the FBI's Washington, D.C. and NYC offices.
  It is an unfortunate political fact that the Mafia - in America an essentially big city (e.g. NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, et. al.) phenomenon - has always been associated with the Democratic Party. And so it is not surprising that for example the Staten Island Democratic Association (SIDA), some of whose members such as Roy Moskowitz (who works for Democratic Machine puppet Assemblyman Matthew Titone) and Gary Carsel, a two time landslide loser to NYS Senator Andrew Lanza (R.-S.I.), both well acquainted with Savino, identified Mafioso Robert Cataldo - and with me - and who know the facts have opted to impersonate for example the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and take a vow of silence under the "see no evil" mantra.
  For more on the history of political news suppression at the Staten Island Advance (by e.g. Tom Wrobleski, Rachel Shapiro, Judy Randall, Brian Laline, et. al.)visit UP FRONT News online at
   As far as I can tell, the Staten Island Advance is very understandably not highly regarded in Staten Island's African-American community (where UP FRONT News has plenty of readers). Some years ago African-American political activist Kelvin Alexander, referencing some very dubious reporting about him, told me that he considers the Advance to be "the most racist paper in New York." Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church in my ethnically diverse still working class but gentrification-threatened neighborhood of Stapleton once told me that he considers the Staten Island Advance to be a "controlled" paper. He did not identify the "controlling" entity. It most certainly includes the Mob. That may well explain that, while much of the reporting about political corruption in New York City focuses on the other boroughs it is likely that Staten Island is the only borough in New York City and, as Richmond County, the only county of New York State's 62 counties with a state legislator (Savino) whose Chief of Staff (Cataldo) is an at least episodically psychotic wacko and has been identified as a member of the Mafia. A number of African-Americans I know including a well known member of the clergy (other than Rev. Carolina) have told me that they simply do not buy the Staten Island Advance.
   A (white) member of the faculty at the College of Staten Island, whom I met sat the recent protest in Staten Island on the second anniversary of the police lynching of Eric Garner reacted to my mention of the Advance with laughter and, with respect to Tom Wrobleski (formerly the Advance Political Editor and now the "Opinion Commentator"), simply said that "Wrobleski doesn't know what he is talking about." It is certainly apparent that some of Wrobleski's pontifications e.g about crime, about "terrorism" and his front page piece denouncing a woman who had objected to his parking his car in front of her home (perhaps one of Wrobleski's most earthshaking exposes) are so divorced from reality that they could have been written by someone on K-2 or maybe much too much Tequila. It is also true that Wrobleski consciously and willfully lies, as he has about me in print, a legally risky pattern that has also characterized the sometime defamatory "yellow journalism" of Rachel Shapiro. These two have to be among the worst journalists in America.
  Advance reporter Anne Sanders is not much better. Apparently in an effort to curry favor in the Staten Island African-American community, the Advance front paged Ms. Sanders' article on the July 17 Eric Garner protest, which involved a demonstration and speeches at the Tompkinsville, S.I, site where Mr. Garner was murdered by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo and then a march to the 120th precinct. The protest most directly involved those closest to Eric, his mother Esau, his daughter Erica (with whom I am acquainted, who was the featured speaker at the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture/Up FRONT News-sponsored "Story Circle" event in Brooklyn in January, 2015, and who has become a nationally recognized human rights leader), his now two year old daughter Legacy and Legacy's mother Jewel Miller, with whom I am also acquainted.
  I was at the pretty much all afternoon event. Had I not known beforehand that the Garner family and close friends were central to the protest, hearing the speeches that took up perhaps 95% of the event I would have thought I was at an event organized by the late Chinese Communist dictator Mao Zedong or perhaps Fidel Castro. The featured speaker, who didn't go on quite as long as the legendarily wordy Fidel (in his much younger days), was Travis Morales, from an ultra-ultra-ultra-ultra left outfit called the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), whose top level dictator is Maoist Bob Avakian and more locally Carl Dix. Unlike Mao, the Maoists, and for that matter Bill and Hillary Clinton and some of the Clinton Democrats in The People's Republic of Staten Island, I am a firm believer in freedom of speech. Rest assured, however, that in Communist China there is about as much free speech as there was in Hitler's Germany. In Hitler's Germany among the people who had no rights were of course the Genocided Jews. Under the RCP's favorite government in Communist China, among the people who have no rights are the Tibetans, who are also being Genocided  and the Falun Gong.
  Interestingly Ms. Sanders's article, while perhaps accurately reporting the remarks of Erica Garner and protestor Alyssa Phean, did not bother to mention Mr. Morales, the RCP or the very visible involvement of the allied ultras from the Progressive Labor Party, who habitually call for "revolution" or, as they did near the precinct, bellow "FTP, FTP, FTP,FTP......!! (F--k the police!) Very "revolutionary."
  Anne Sanders makes no mention of P.O. Pantaleo (although his name appears in a photo of a protest sign carried by Jewel Miller). As far as I am concerned, the Staten Island Advance thereby, in a backdoor way, contributes to what is now a political coverup of the facts of this case.
  Although then Staten Island District Attorney (and now U.S. Congressman) Daniel Donovan had succeeded in legally preventing the release of transcript of the testimony at the grand jury which decided not to indict Pantaleo, there has been some leakage. The legal team representing the Garner strategically erred in demanding the release of the entire transcript. The testimony that really counts is that made by Pantaleo. It seems that Daniel Pantaleo lied to the grand jury. It is my understanding that Pantaleo denied using a chokehold on Eric Garner, describing his action as a "seat belt maneuver", a technique involving a diagonal (shoulder to waist) restraint. The videotape shows a chokehold. It is also my understanding the Pantaleo contradicted himself in claiming that he only had his arm around Eric Garner's throat for a very short time. The video shows otherwise and, as far as I am aware, no one has contradicted the fact that Mr. Garner gasped "I can't breathe" eleven times before losing consciousness and dying.
   I am unaware of any testimony proving that Eric Garner was selling untaxed cigarettes ("loosies") when arrested, thereby suggesting that the entire arrest was illegal.
   As far as I am aware, lying to law enforcement and in testimony before a grand jury is a crime.
   And as far as I am aware, there is no newspaper other than UP FRONT News that has reported these details.
   It is also true that when it comes to political self-censorship and misreporting the Staten Island Advance has the gold medal - in New York and perhaps nationally. That is why I refer to that paper as "The Staten Island Retreat.
   It was in order to bring the full facts of the lynching of Eric Garner (and the Chinese Communist lynching of an entire nation, Tibet) that I decided to run for Congress as a Federal Election Commission-registered candidate in the 2015 special election in New York's 11th congressional district (Staten Island and the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, and Gravesend in Brooklyn) to replace the convicted and resigned Michael Grimm. The Republican candidate Dan Donovan had made it clear that he had nothing further to say on the Garner case. The Democratic Party Machine candidate, NYC City Councilman Vincent Gentile, had responded to my multiple requests to him for his views on the Garner case with dead silence. A "candidate" from the Green Party named James Lane, aside from meeting me at a campaign event and referring to me as "that white candidate" - thereby revealing himself to be colorblind or maybe getting inappropriately personal, inasmuch as the other candidates were white - said that he was only interested in domestic, not international, issues like the Genocide in Tibet (thereby admitting to be not qualified to be a U.S. Congressman, who, by definition, has to deal with international issues).
   My decision to run did not seem to terribly concern the odds-on favorite Donovan - although he did not show up at a candidates forum at the Fort Hamilton Senior Citizens Center in Bay Ridge, of which I am a member and in which, to the consternation of the Democratic Party machine, I participated. Rachel Shapiro covered the event and her article contained a blatant lie about me. Several people, including UP FRONT News Economics Reporter and Internet Advisor Allen Smith, who attended the event, and Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-el in Staten Island, wrote protest letters to Advance Editor (Censor) in Chief Brian Laline, who published none of them
   Interestingly among occasional participants in Eric Garner protests (he showed up on July 17) who reacted to my decision to run for congress by consistently politically discriminating against me and harassing me in various ways was John McBeth, a Deacon at the largely African-American St. Philips ("No Apostrophe") Baptist Church in Port Richmond, pastored by Rev. Dr. Tony Baker, of which I've been a member since November, 2014. When I joined that Church (I am a "Judeo-Christian" person, baptized years ago by Dr. King's close friend and political associate the late Rev. Dr. Timothy P. Mitchell at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing, Queens) I was unaware that Baker and John McBeth were close to some corrupt Democratic Party politicians, including in particular Hillary Clinton's pall NYS Senator Diane Savino (D.-S.I./Bklyn.), whose Chief of Staff Robert Cataldo as noted above some years ago literally terrorized me during my appointment with him and who has been very reliably identified by Staten Island Democratic Party official Mendy Mirocznik (who is also the President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of S.I.) as a member of the Mafia. The NYPD complaint # ("criminal harassment") is 2006-120-8244. Because Cataldo seriously violated my civil rights and in light of his ties to organized crime, at the requests of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI I've sent email reports on Cataldo and his chief protector Diane Savino to those agencies. Tony Baker, the fellow who conducted Cataldo's marriage, also attacked me at an Easter event at St. Philips. I haven't been back since - although there are certainly UP FRONT News readers at St. Philips.
   The (former) Staten Island Advance political reporter with whom I had a long telephone conversation in 2011 about the absolutely frightening Cataldo attack on me and the Savino protection racket was Judy Randall. She told me she was very interested and that she would discuss it with her editor Thomas Checchi. On June 14, 2011 Ms. Randall sent me an email apologizing for the delay in getting back to me. On July 12, 2011 Judy Randall sent me the following email, "please do not contact me either by phone or by email."
   As noted earlier, Rev. Carolina was correct when he told me that the Staten Island Advance is a "controlled" newspaper.
   And I am correct in identifying the political mob as being in "control" at the Staten Island Advance.
   Does anyone believe that a corrupt multibillionaire owned newspaper that covers up stories like the Genocide in Tibet (on an Island known to the Dalai Lama and Tibetans everywhere as the home to the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is going to report the facts on Daniel Pantaleo?

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