Gramigna Goes Too Far
by Geoff Kelly - posted 4:22 pm, May 22, 2009
I don’t expect much truth when I visit the political gossip sites authored by Joe Illuzzi and his former employee Glenn Gramigna. I read them to see who they’re bowing and scraping to, what stories and rumors they’re being paid to promote. Both—the Scientologist Gramigna and the born-again Christian Illuzzi—engage in wanton slander and misrepresentation. (And I use that term as a writer, not a lawyer.) I can’t imagine why anyone would take them seriously, or why so many politicians support their con.
Today Gramigna goes too far with this post, in which he suggests that housing activist Dick Kern, late of Buffalo and currently of Minneapolis, has confessed to writing the nonsense about Byron Brown that led to the Syaed Ali affair.
Here’s what Gramigna posted:
Ex Buffalo Activist Admits Writing Notorious, Totally False Byron Brown E-Mails
Written by Glenn Gramigna, Editor FORMER LOCAL ACTIVIST, GADFLY ADMITS WRITING LIBELOUS, COMPLETELY INACCURATE BYRON BROWN E-MAILS IN PHONE CONVERSATIONS
NewWNYPolitics has learned that a former Buffalo political activist, who has since left town, has admitted authorship of that notorious series of e-mails which falsely sought to implicate Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in various forms of improper conduct. The confessions came in a series of phone calls this individual has made recently. Known to mix erratic behavior with occasionally intelligent critiques of area shortcomings, this person has stayed active in local affairs through e-mails and phone calls, while living out of the area in recent years. His signed e-mails often consist of wild charges and bizarre claims, not unlike those contained in the civilly actionable series of untrue cyberspace attacks aimed at the Mayor.
Meanwhile, despite the claims of some, WNY information technology entrepreneur Syaed Ali, has not permanently forsaken Buffalo for Toronto, Stamford, CT or anywhere else. Instead, this 25 year old high tech professional is currently on a business trip to the West Coast and intends to return to the Queen City soon.
Dick Kern has been a lot of things to a lot of people, but there one thing he’s never been: anonymous. The emails about Brown were sent under a pseudonym. Leaving out the absurd content, with which Kern would have no truck, anonymity is by itself enough to disqualify Kern as the sender.
Earlier this week, Kern asked Syaed Ali for an update on the job opening she’s been advertising on Gramigna’s site. Ali responded with a request that Kern cease and desist from emailing him.
And today Gramigna, who’s been happily accepting advertising from Ali’s company since the scandal broke in January, comes out with this nonsense.