Below is the top entry on the national web site News Blues….
“We told you yesterday about Shelly Sindland, the senior reporter and political correspondent at Tribune’s WTIC-61-Fox in Hartford (Market #30) who filed an age and gender discrimination complaint against the station. In our report, we mentioned Rich Graziano, who is not only the general manager of WTIC (and is named in the complaint) but is also publisher of Tribune’s Hartford Courant.
“We mention this because the Courant didn’t post the story of Sindland’s complaint until 5:24 p.m. yesterday, although it had been widely reported on several respected Connecticut news blogs the previous day. In fact, the Courant printed WTIC’s reaction to the complaint before it even reported on the complaint itself. Strange, indeed.
“It’s been a rocky start for Graziano. On March 30, the bankrupt Tribune Company took the extraordinary step of naming him publisher of the venerable newspaper while keeping him general manager of Tribune’s WTIC-61-Fox and WTXX-20-CW duopoly.
“Just a few weeks later, he found himself into an uncomfortable jam with a young female employee. Cops found Graziano, 40, and Elsa Veisor, 29, WTIC’s marketing director, sitting in Veisor’s car in a golf driving range parking lot at 1 a.m. Police arrested Veisor for DUI, after she failed sobriety tests and registered more than twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content.
“Veisor was taken to the local cop shop, where she was booked and had her license confiscated. Graziano picked up Veisor at the police station and returned her to her car. A short while later, she was arrested again (by the same cop) and charged with drunk driving, speeding, and driving while her license was under suspension.
“The Courant withheld reporting on the incident for more than a week. Tipsters claim Veisor was later demoted promoted moved to a position on the fourth floor of the Courant building, near Graziano’s executive office.
“Yesterday’s delayed reporting of the age and gender discrimination complaint against WTIC, combined with the delayed reporting of Graziano’s involvement in Elsa Veisor’s double DUI and her subsequent demotion promotion, and the decision to grant anonymity to a key source in a gruesome murder, has raised more than a few eyebrows in Hartford. And it brings into question Tribune’s decision to place editorial control of one of the nation’s most respected newspapers in the hands of a TV executive whose personal judgment has, at best, been suspect.”