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THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING MUST INVESTIGATE WBAI

June 26, 2013

 

                                                                   Edward Manfredonia

                                                                   8337 St. James Avenue

                                                                   Apt. 4B

                                                                   Elmhurst, NY 11373

                                                                  

                                                                   19 June 2013

 

Mr. Robert Winteringham

Deputy General Counsel

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

401 Ninth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004-2129

 

Dear Mr. Winteringham:

 

I am a member of the WBAI Finance Committee. 

 

Recently Mr. Joel Kaplan, Ombudsman for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, issued a report, “Fundraising Ethics and WBAI.”  In this report Kaplan stated that WBAI does not play by the rules.  Kaplan writes that there have not been many complaints to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  That statement seems at variance with my own personal experience.

 

I personally have written numerous missives to David Tanner and Kenneth Konz, Inspector General of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.    In these letters I described in detail violations of the Communications Act as well as violations of IRC 501 (c) (3) concerning the requirements of financial disclosure between a board member of WBAI, in this instance Stephen M Brown, former pornography entrepreneur, and the supposed $30,000 loan by Stephen M Brown, a member of the WBAI Local Station Board, which loan financed the illegal hire of Andrea Katz, Brown’s personal friend.  Stephen M Brown controls via his cabal, the Stephen M Brown Group, the WBAI Local Station Board. 

 

This loan and the illegal hire of Andrea Katz have been questioned by several members, including me, of the WBAI Finance Committee.  R Paul Martin, Chair of the WBAI Finance Committee, has refused to provide disclosure about these illegal activities.  Martin is a member of the Stephen M Brown Group and has obstructed requests for full disclosure of Stephen M Brown’s alleged loan to WBAI.   But this will be discussed later. 

 

I will first discuss only one violation of The Communications Act.  The Communications Act provides that all meetings of a broadcaster, which receives funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, be open to all and that no identification be required.  Unfortunately, the meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee do not meet these requirements and this is a willful and deliberate violation of federal law.  In the past two years meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee have only been held in buildings (120 Wall Street and 4 World Financial Center) where identification is required- and this has been deliberately done to exclude individuals, who have been banned- and I must state banned illegally- from the offices of WBAI.  The criteria for being banned has never been defined; it appears to flow in an unstructured manner to exclude critics of the Stephen Brown Group, which controls the WBAI Local Station Board, and runs WBAI as if the Stephen M Brown Group personally owned the broadcasting license of WBAI. 

 

The WBAI Community Advisory Board meetings have recently been held at the Atrium at 60 Wall Street, which is open to the public.  Jim Dingeman, aka “Machine Gun Jim,” is Chair of the WBAI Community Advisory Board; and Dingeman restricts membership on the WBAI CAB to those individuals, who like himself, are members of the Stephen M Brown Group.

 

Dingeman does not convene meetings of the WBAI CAB in a public place because of some altruistic principle.  It is difficult for Dingeman to gain entrance to 4 World Financial Center.  For the edification of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, there was at least a 4 month hiatus between meeting of the WBAI Community Advisory Board- and membership on the WBAI CAB is restricted to those individuals, who belong to the Stephen M Brown Group. This 4 month gap violates The Communications Act.

 

Note:  Jim Dingeman has earned the sobriquet, “Machine Gun Jim” for his proud proclamation that he would like to get a machine gun and use it on the Justice and Unity group, which can best be described as the sans-culottes of the WBAI Revolutionary Party.  At one time Dingeman had a program on weaponry, so he is familiar with the operation of a machine gun. 

 

There is no reason why the meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee cannot be held in The Atrium- except that R Paul Martin and the Stephen M Brown Group wish to restrict public access to the meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee because of criticism from those individuals, who know that WBAI is “pulling some financial shenanigans,” or in other words, violating federal tax law and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and R Paul Martin and the Stephen M Brown Group wish to limit the public’s knowledge of these financial crimes.

 

The refusal of Martin to hold meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee (none were held between early October 2012 and May 2013) violates The Communications Act. Martin gave numerous lies as reasons why the meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee could not be held, but the truth is that Martin does not wish these meetings to be open to the public.

 

I have reproduced below an e-mail exchange, which began when I, Gaius Gracchus, stated that WBAI should obey federal law- tax law, employment law, accounting principles, etc.

 

On 6/18/2013 20:35, Gaius Gracchus wrote:


> Thank you Cerene.

> R Paul Martin,

> When is the next meeting of the WBAI Finance Committee? ….

We don’t know yet. We have to find out where the station’s offices will
be and when they’ll be there.

— 
http://www.glib.com/

 

we are already paying rent at 388 atlantic–why can’t the meeting be there???

marsha

 

The thread began with my explication of violations of federal law by WBAI and the WBAI Local Station Board- but that is not relevant to the discussion of the refusal of R Paul Martin to hold a meeting of the WBAI Finance Committee.  In this part of the thread I am Gaius Gracchus and R Paul Martin replied to my e-mail with the false statement that he does not know where the station’s offices will be. 

 

As Marsha replied, WBAI is paying rent at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn and this includes a public meeting space on the first floor where several meetings of the WBAI Local Station Board have previously been held.  Ergo, the meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee could be held at 388 Atlantic Avenue.

 

R Paul Martin has unique qualifications to be Chair of the WBAI Finance Committee.  Martin is an accounting innumerate, finance ignoramus and tax illiterate.  Martin is also a Psychopath- look up the clinical definition.  Martin is a Pathological Liar; he frequently fabricates facts and non-existent fire department regulations to prove his point; and he lies with a dispassionate face and with conviction.  But Martin possesses a unique qualification to be a Psychopath.

 

R Paul Martin’s proudest accomplishment, and the one accomplishment to which he devotes his website- although he has made some emendations, is that R Paul Martin is an irredeemable Pedophile.  Martin is a Preferential Pedophile, who favors 10 year old boys.  Martin has proudly recounted his “Saul on the Road to Damascus” revelation.  Martin was 10 years old when he was molested at a camp.  (No one could make this up.)

 

In my experience I cannot recall someone declaring that he was proud that as a 10 year old boy he had been raped with blood, semen and feces flowing out of his rectum and down his legs; but, R Paul Martin is proud of this moment.  And in an aside, Carolyn Birden, a member of the WBAI Local Station Board and a member of the Pacifica National Board, termed me a Homophobe for stating that R Paul Martin was a sex pervert- for viewing 10 year old boys as objects of sexual desire.

 

Another characteristic of a Psychopath is to be an expert in a topic in which other individuals would not be interested.  Thus, Martin is an expert in the minutiae of Robert’s Rules of Order, but is woefully ignorant of the difference between accrual accounting and cash accounting.  Martin’s ignorance of accounting is so astounding that he has frequently referred to depreciation as a cash expense.  Thus, Martin was selected by Stephen M Brown and the Stephen M Brown Group to be Chair of the WBAI Finance Committee because of his unique ability to obstruct all inquiries into financial and accounting fraud at WBAI. 

 

One of the more amusing attempts by R Paul Martin to prove his intellectual superiority arose when I replied to a statement, which had been made by an individual at a meeting of the WBAI Finance Committee, with the word, Beetlejuice.

 

In an attempt to prove his superiority Martin shook his head and corrected me with the word, Betelgeuse. 

 

I then had to correct Martin.  I told Martin that I was referring to the movie, Beetlejuice, and not the star, Betelgeuse, which is an Arabic word.  I can only hazard a guess that Martin has extensive knowledge of astronomy so that he can initiate a conversation with a 10 year old boy.

 

But to return to the gravamen of Joel Kaplan’s report, “Fund Raising Ethics and WBAI,” there is one important fact that must be stated.  Throughout this précis in which I have explained the means by which Stephen M Brown controls WBAI via his control of the Stephen M Brown Group, I have not enunciated the true connection between Stephen M Brown, who controls WBAI, and the ethically challenged fundraising efforts of WBAI.

 

Simply stated Stephen M Brown and the health guru-fraud, Gary Null, have had extensive business dealings in the past.  I have been informed that it is more than joint ownership of a restaurant, but that it has extended to direct mail services and other businesses, which are controlled by Stephen M Brown.  Stephen M Brown has been banned from doing business in many states. 

 

Stephen M Brown is a former pornography entrepreneur- in the days when the Italian Mafia controlled pornography.  Brown was an actor, producer, and distributer of pornography and I have been informed that this was the genesis of his direct mail business. 

 

Gary Null is a fraud, who has stated that AIDS is not caused by a virus; that vaccines cause autism and are dangerous; that massive doses of vitamins can cure many diseases; etc.

 

Thus we have at WBAI what appears to be “a perfect storm,” the confluence of two hucksters taking advantage of an uneducated listenership to bilk the listeners out of their money.

 

As I have stated in a missive to Ross Wisdom, the former auditor of Pacifica, there is the distinct possibility that Stephen M Brown and Gary Null have joined forces to find a way to purchase the radio assets of WBAI- at a huge discount, perhaps after Stephen M Brown has succeeded in “bankrupting” WBAI, or more correctly stated- when WBAI can no longer function as a “going concern.”

 

My numerous missives to David Tanner and Kenneth Konz proved that WBAI is a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization.  David Tanner admitted to me that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting did not wish to cut off funding to Pacifica Foundation and its constituent radio stations because the lack of funding would have dire results.

 

The time has arrived for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to take decisive action to prevent the continuing fraud that is known as WBAI and the Pacifica Foundation.

 

And you can inform Kenneth Konz that I do not have to provide him with a check number.  The man is a liar and should be removed for permitting this fraud (Pacifica Foundation and WBAI) to continue- and he should be charged with malfeasance.

 

                                                                   Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                   Edward Manfredonia

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