Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment; Accuser Has Bizarre Email From Him Acknowledging Act – RedState

There’s a reason that Chris Cuomo is called “Fredo” and this story surely proves it.

He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

He also apparently takes after his brother in ways that are not good. He not only gave his brother advice during Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal, he now has an alleged issue of his own.

A former ABC executive producer is now accusing him of having sexually harassed her when they worked together at ABC news.

The producer, Shelley Ross, wrote an essay for the New York Times in which she outlined what had occurred.

Ross says that he hugged her and grabbed her buttock without her permission in 2005.

From Fox News:

“At the time, I was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special, but I was Mr. Cuomo’s executive producer at ‘Primetime Live’ just before that,” she wrote. “I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends. When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”

Ross said Cuomo told her, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss”, and did it “with a kind of cocky arrogance.” Ross said she told him he couldn’t, pushed him off her and revealed her husband was right behind her, and they quickly left the party, which was celebrating an ABC colleague’s departure.

The kicker, though? She has an email from him apparently admitting it, even suggesting someone could be arrested for the behavior.

“[T]hough my hearty greeting was a function of being glad to see you….christian slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act, (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own)….and as a husband I can empathize with not liking to see my wife patted as such,” he wrote.

Cuomo, who was 34 at the time of the alleged incident, asked Ross to pass along an apology to her “very good and noble husband,” and also “I apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position.” He added he would remember his lesson the next time he was happy to see her.

Christian Slater was arrested in 2005 for touching a random woman on the buttock in NYC. He was charged with third degree sexual abuse. The email from Cuomo would appear to show his acknowledgement of his wrongdoing and his belief that in fact what he did was potentially a crime.

Even the email is reminiscent of his brother — acknowledging the act but then trying to justify it in some way as not really being what it appeared. Truly creepy.

Ross said she was speaking out now because of Cuomo’s attitude after his brother’s scandal. Cuomo said in March that he cared “very deeply about these issues” [sexual harassment] and then after his brother. stepped down he worked a “Truth” t-shirt.

“For me, his statement of profound concern about sexual harassment and his ‘Truth’ T-shirt were provocations in this era of personal accountability,” she wrote.

Ross said she didn’t want him to be fired but she wanted him to “journalistically repent.”

“I’m not asking for Mr. Cuomo to become the next casualty in this continuing terrible story. I hope he stays at CNN forever if he chooses. I would, however, like to see him journalistically repent: agree on air to study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it,” Ross wrote. “He could host a series of live town hall meetings, with documentary footage, produced by women with expert consultants. Call it ‘The Continuing Education of Chris Cuomo’ and make this a watershed moment instead of another stain on the career of one more powerful male news anchor.”

While CNN didn’t respond to the story, Cuomo gave a statement to the New York Times.

“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment by Fox News.

The bottom line, though, is that Cuomo has never been held accountable. CNN let him promote his brother on his show, then let him avoid coverage of the scandal. CNN didn’t hold him to any real account for advising his brother during the sexual harassment scandal. CNN never held him to account for breaking quarantine and pushing a false story on the network about his emergence for the first time from the basement. So if she thinks he’s suddenly going to have a miraculous change, I wouldn’t bet on it. Even his response, in which he’s claiming she said it wasn’t “sexual in nature” is a diminishment of what she said.





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Disbarred pro-abortion lawyers sue abortionist for violating Texas Heartbeat Act to overturn the law

PETITION UPDATE (9/3/21) – 

Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas’ Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a “whole-of-government” response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden’s openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion – the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church’s teaching.

The USCCB’s Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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“No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden’s obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden’s eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our ‘Catholic’ politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden’s candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn’t defend Hyde, and he hasn’t.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a “Catholic” in Biden’s position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don’t want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this “pre-eminent” life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and “dialoguing.”

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and “dialoguing.” [**Please see “Notes” below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden’s promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion – the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church’s teaching.

The USCCB’s Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB’s June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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YouTube Censors, Claims ‘Removed Mistakenly’ & Reinstates 9/11 Video Posted by ACT For America Staff

Twenty years after the biggest terror attack in America’s history, YouTube censored a video commemorating its victims. 

YouTube removed a Sept. 11, 2001 commemorative video posted by an ACT For America staffer, explaining: “[W]e think it violates our violent criminal organizations policy. We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we’re not applying a strike to your channel.” YouTube then specified that the platform had “removed” the video in question. Act For America said the video can be viewed on free speech-oriented video platform Rumble. It contains footage of what appears to be Sept. 11, 2001 victims’ final moments calling their loved ones from the hijacked planes or from the World Trade Center buildings.

ACT For America Founder and Chairman Lady Brigitte Gabriel tweeted a link to the video on Rumble, dubbing it: “The September 11th Video YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Watch.”

A YouTube spokesperson responded to MRC Free Speech America by explaining the platform had made an error:

“Upon review, we’ve reinstated this video from the ACT For America channel. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content.”

The video can now be viewed once again on YouTube.

In a fundraiser, Gabriel explained that her organization’s struggle for free speech on the internet is part of an existential crisis for the country as a whole. “Silicon Valley has made it known that they will not stop until the truth we speak is removed from their platforms all together,” she explained. “This isn’t about likes, shares, and follows. This is about preserving our fundamental rights as a society to have the tough but necessary conversations about important issues without being censored from left wing big tech companies.”

Gabriel has supported the rise of alternative platforms. She implored her followers in July: “If you’re still using Google and YouTube, you’re making a BIG mistake.” she warned. “Switch to DuckDuckGo and Rumble!”

Gabriel was one of many conservative leaders of major organizations to sign a pledge to reject money from Big Tech organizations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and others. MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell stated, “We are sending this pledge to all conservative organizations and leaders and urging them to sign it. We must act together to end Silicon Valley’s corrupt grip over Washington and our public discourse.” You can read that statement here.

Gabriel’s organization, Act For America, is one of many influential conservative organizations to join the Free Speech Alliance led by the Media Research Center. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.





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YouTube Reinstates ACT for American 9/11 Video After It Was ‘Removed Mistakenly’

Twenty years after the biggest terror attack in America’s history, YouTube censored a video commemorating its victims. 

YouTube removed a Sept. 11, 2001 commemorative video posted by an ACT For America staffer, explaining: “[W]e think it violates our violent criminal organizations policy. We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we’re not applying a strike to your channel.”

YouTube then specified that the platform had “removed” the video in question. Act For America said the video can be viewed on free speech-oriented video platform Rumble. It contains footage of what appears to be Sept. 11, 2001 victims’ final moments calling their loved ones from the hijacked planes or from the World Trade Center buildings.

ACT For America Founder and Chairman Lady Brigitte Gabriel tweeted a link to the video on Rumble, dubbing it: “The September 11th Video YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Watch.”

A YouTube spokesperson responded to MRC Free Speech America by explaining the platform had made an error:

Upon review, we’ve reinstated this video from the ACT For America channel. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content.

The video can now be viewed once again on YouTube.

In a fundraiser, Gabriel explained that her organization’s struggle for free speech on the internet is part of an existential crisis for the country as a whole. “Silicon Valley has made it known that they will not stop until the truth we speak is removed from their platforms all together,” she explained. “This isn’t about likes, shares, and follows. This is about preserving our fundamental rights as a society to have the tough but necessary conversations about important issues without being censored from left wing big tech companies.”

Gabriel has supported the rise of alternative platforms. She implored her followers in July: “If you’re still using Google and YouTube, you’re making a BIG mistake.” she warned. “Switch to DuckDuckGo and Rumble!”

Gabriel was one of many conservative leaders of major organizations to sign a pledge to reject money from Big Tech organizations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and others.

MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell stated, “We are sending this pledge to all conservative organizations and leaders and urging them to sign it. We must act together to end Silicon Valley’s corrupt grip over Washington and our public discourse.” You can read that statement here.

Gabriel’s organization, Act For America, is one of many influential conservative organizations to join the Free Speech Alliance led by the Media Research Center. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.





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YouTube Reinstates ACT for America 9/11 Video After It Was ‘Removed Mistakenly’

Twenty years after the biggest terror attack in America’s history, YouTube censored a video commemorating its victims. 

YouTube removed a Sept. 11, 2001 commemorative video posted by an ACT For America staffer, explaining: “[W]e think it violates our violent criminal organizations policy. We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we’re not applying a strike to your channel.”

YouTube then specified that the platform had “removed” the video in question. Act For America said the video can be viewed on free speech-oriented video platform Rumble. It contains footage of what appears to be Sept. 11, 2001 victims’ final moments calling their loved ones from the hijacked planes or from the World Trade Center buildings.

ACT For America Founder and Chairman Lady Brigitte Gabriel tweeted a link to the video on Rumble, dubbing it: “The September 11th Video YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Watch.”

A YouTube spokesperson responded to MRC Free Speech America by explaining the platform had made an error:

Upon review, we’ve reinstated this video from the ACT For America channel. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content.

The video can now be viewed once again on YouTube.

In a fundraiser, Gabriel explained that her organization’s struggle for free speech on the internet is part of an existential crisis for the country as a whole. “Silicon Valley has made it known that they will not stop until the truth we speak is removed from their platforms all together,” she explained. “This isn’t about likes, shares, and follows. This is about preserving our fundamental rights as a society to have the tough but necessary conversations about important issues without being censored from left wing big tech companies.”

Gabriel has supported the rise of alternative platforms. She implored her followers in July: “If you’re still using Google and YouTube, you’re making a BIG mistake.” she warned. “Switch to DuckDuckGo and Rumble!”

Gabriel was one of many conservative leaders of major organizations to sign a pledge to reject money from Big Tech organizations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and others.

MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell stated, “We are sending this pledge to all conservative organizations and leaders and urging them to sign it. We must act together to end Silicon Valley’s corrupt grip over Washington and our public discourse.” You can read that statement here.

Gabriel’s organization, Act For America, is one of many influential conservative organizations to join the Free Speech Alliance led by the Media Research Center. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.





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YouTube Reinstates 9/11 Video Posted by Act For America Staffer After It Was ‘Removed Mistakenly’

Twenty years after the biggest terror attack in America’s history, YouTube censored a video commemorating its victims. 

YouTube removed a Sept. 11, 2001 commemorative video posted by an ACT For America staffer, explaining: “[W]e think it violates our violent criminal organizations policy. We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we’re not applying a strike to your channel.”

YouTube then specified that the platform had “removed” the video in question. Act For America said the video can be viewed on free speech-oriented video platform Rumble. It contains footage of what appears to be Sept. 11, 2001 victims’ final moments calling their loved ones from the hijacked planes or from the World Trade Center buildings.

ACT For America Founder and Chairman Lady Brigitte Gabriel tweeted a link to the video on Rumble, dubbing it: “The September 11th Video YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Watch.”

A YouTube spokesperson responded to MRC Free Speech America by explaining the platform had made an error:

Upon review, we’ve reinstated this video from the ACT For America channel. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content.

The video can now be viewed once again on YouTube.

In a fundraiser, Gabriel explained that her organization’s struggle for free speech on the internet is part of an existential crisis for the country as a whole. “Silicon Valley has made it known that they will not stop until the truth we speak is removed from their platforms all together,” she explained. “This isn’t about likes, shares, and follows. This is about preserving our fundamental rights as a society to have the tough but necessary conversations about important issues without being censored from left wing big tech companies.”

Gabriel has supported the rise of alternative platforms. She implored her followers in July: “If you’re still using Google and YouTube, you’re making a BIG mistake.” she warned. “Switch to DuckDuckGo and Rumble!”

Gabriel was one of many conservative leaders of major organizations to sign a pledge to reject money from Big Tech organizations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and others.

MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell stated, “We are sending this pledge to all conservative organizations and leaders and urging them to sign it. We must act together to end Silicon Valley’s corrupt grip over Washington and our public discourse.” You can read that statement here.

Gabriel’s organization, Act For America, is one of many influential conservative organizations to join the Free Speech Alliance led by the Media Research Center. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.





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Dirty politics: An act of revenge against Canada’s Conservatives

The riding of Richmond Hill, Ont., was the closest race in the 2019 federal election campaign. In fact, Conservative candidate Costas Menegakis went to bed as the victor on election night, but found out the next morning that after the mail-in ballots had been counted, Liberal incumbent Majid Jowhari had won the riding by a razor-thin 0.2%.

Clearly, this riding is up for grabs on Monday, and it is expected to be a horse race yet again between Menegakis and Jowhari.

So, it was surprising to see a dark horse enter the race recently: Charity DiPaola (a.k.a., Charity McGrath).

Charity DiPaola/McGrath is running as an independent, although she would like to have constituents mistakenly believe that she is A) the incumbent, and B)the Conservative candidate.

Consider Charity’s signs: they are Tory blue in hue. And a prominent red banner reads: “Your Member of Parliament” (the word “candidate” appears in a font about one-third the size used in the rest of the banner). If there was an award for most deceitful election signage, Charity surely gets the gold medal.

Indeed, what is happening right now in Richmond Hill is the worst kind of dirty politics. Since Charity has absolutely no chance of winning this riding, what is truly motivating her election campaign? The answer, according to numerous sources, is revenge.

This saga goes back some three years ago when Charity DiPaola, then known as Charity McGrath, was the Ontario Progressive Conservative party candidate for Newmarket-Aurora. Alas, due to campaign irregularities and allegations of fraud (such as ballot-stuffing), the PC party decided to disqualify Charity in March 2018. The riding would go on to be represented by the current Minister of Health, Christine Elliott.

It is said that Charity also had hopes of running federally for the Conservative party. But that was not meant to be, likely because Charity simply has too much baggage.

And so it is that Charity allegedly has a chip on her shoulder, entering a tight federal race as an independent in the hopes of burning the Conservatives.

Some factors worth noting: for starters, her surname. Charity has long been known as Charity McGrath. Could it be that she has taken the surname of her husband, Joe DiPaola, the acting mayor of Richmond Hill, in order to score better name recognition? Perhaps more importantly, a Google search of “Charity DiPaola” brings up far fewer sordid stories versus a search for “Charity McGrath.”

Charity’s campaign literature, meanwhile, is unintentionally funny. She actually likens herself to former Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould. And one of her endorsers is Richmond Hill city councillor Karen Cilevitz. Cilevitz made headlines a few years ago for bullying a cancer patient who dared to use the term “Ward 5” to promote a music festival (Cilevitz believes that as the Ward 5 councillor, only she can use such terminology). Currently, Cilevitz is facing fraud charges.

And then, as previously noted, is Charity’s outrageously deceptive election signage. The end goal would appear to be that if Charity can obtain even a few hundred votes from those who believe she is the bona fide Conservative candidate of record, that might be enough to sink Costas Menekagis, the real Conservative candidate, given how tight the race was in 2019.

The Costas Menegakis campaign team recently issued a statement on the controversy. It reads, in part: “Election day is September 20, and we humbly ask you to vote for Costas Menegakis, your Conservative Candidate for Richmond Hill.

Costas has run a fantastic campaign so far, putting up thousands of signs and talking to tens of thousands of constituents. As someone who has been a Member of Parliament before, he understands the job and will be ready to serve you and Canadians on day 1.

It has come to our attention that another candidate may be representing themselves as Conservative.

Please note that there is no other Conservative Candidate in Richmond Hill.”

Meanwhile, we reached out to Charity McGrath/DiPaola for comment but never received a response. Too bad, so sad… and not very charitable indeed.





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NYU says Disabilities Act does not apply to Shanghai campus

New York University says the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to its campus in Shanghai, China, according to its legal filings in a federal discrimination case.

Matthew Belanger, an NYU Shanghai professor, claims in the case before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he was harassed and demoted by the school after suffering a debilitating back injury.

“NYU Shanghai — a registered Chinese university in Shanghai, China … is neither a U.S. employer nor a foreign entity controlled by a U.S. employer and, therefore, is not covered under Title VII or the ADA as a matter of law,” argued NYU Associate General Counsel Daniel Magida in a July 2020 motion to have the case dismissed.

Chinese law “prohibits a foreign entity from having control of a Chinese academic institution,” Magida continued. “Sino-foreign cooperation educational institutions must be less than 50 percent funded by foreign entities. NYU’s lack of control over NYU Shanghai in this regard is analogous to that of a minority shareholder.”

Belanger, 45, spent eight years as an assistant arts prof at NYU Shanghai.
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Belanger, 45, spent eight years as an assistant arts prof at NYU Shanghai. In 2017 he suffered a disc injury after an awkward exit from a taxi that required a weeklong hospital stay and months of using canes and wheelchairs, and going to physical therapy, he claims.

Belanger said after his injury a promised administrative promotion to assistant dean was rescinded and replaced with an inferior one and he was subjected to retaliation when he complained. He said he was out tens of thousands of dollars as a result.

“What they have done to me is horrible,” Belanger told The Post. “And they need to be held accountable.”

NYU’s defense that it doesn’t run its Shanghai campus stands in marked contrast to their public messaging about the school. NYU-Shanghai Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman told members of Congress in 2015 that NYU would have “absolute control over the school’s curriculum, faculty, teaching style, and operations, and that it would receive an ironclad guarantee that it could operate the school according to the fundamental principles of academic freedom.”

Belanger said many faculty members on the Shanghai campus operated under a “culture of fear.”

Lehman told the electeds that NYU would shut down the campus if academic freedom were threatened in any way.

Over the last decade, NYU has moved to aggressively expand its international footprint. The university now has satellites in Abu Dhabi, Ghana, Australia, Argentina, Israel, the Czech Republic and more.

NYU Journalism professor Mohamad Bazzi criticized the school’s transparency when it comes to the campuses in unfree countries like China.

“Parents who are sending their children to [foreign NYU] campuses are thinking, ‘This is just like NYU.’ I think people need to stop and think that no, these are other countries and other laws apply and NYU doesn’t have the capacity to offer the same protections that it can offer in New York,” Bazzi said.

“It’s been a core problem with these campuses. There’s a total lack of transparency,” he added.

Tuition and associated fees for a year aboard at NYU-Shanghai run an estimated $73,458.

Belanger said many faculty members on the Shanghai campus operated under a “culture of fear.”

NYU Shanghai — a registered Chinese university in Shanghai, China ... is neither a U.S. employer nor a foreign entity controlled by a U.S.
NYU Shanghai — a registered Chinese university in Shanghai, China … is neither a U.S. employer nor a foreign entity controlled by a U.S.
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“I have seen examples of books arriving that have been censored,” he recalled, saying the school even went so far as to share student work with the government and that during one faculty meeting they discussed the need to “keep [that] out of email”

“NYU Shanghai is in China, and NYU Shanghai employees — including Prof. Belanger — are subject to Chinese employment law. That has nothing to do with NYU’s academic decision-making authority at NYU Shanghai, which has shown itself to be a successful example of open academic inquiry,” NYU spokesman John Beckman told The Post.

Beckman also confirmed that NYU-Shanghai does prepare a list of the titles of students’ final “captstone” graduation projects for the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission — which is required by Chinese law. He said the school did not share specific content with Communist authorities and that students were informed that their info might be shared.



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