**BUSTED** Buffalo TV Reporter Charlie Specht Airs Impossible Abuse Claim Against Priest, Then Lies About It

Charlie Specht : WKBW busted

Caught red-handed: Alleged "journalist" Charlie Specht

In an October 2018 story on Buffalo station WKBW-TV, reporter Charlie Specht breathlessly broadcasted the claims from a man that Fr. Joseph Gatto of the Diocese of Buffalo sexually groped him "in the 1980s" while the two were shopping at an area Walmart.

There was one big problem with Specht's story, however: In the 1980s, there was no Walmart store anywhere in the Buffalo area. In fact, the retail giant did not even open its first store in all of New York state until 1991. Indeed, the closest Walmart to Buffalo – in the village of Springville in the town of Concord in Erie County (Walmart store #2164) – did not even open until April 26, 1995.

In other words, the accuser's groping story in Specht's report was completely bogus.

Walmart : Springville opening 1995

Records of Walmart store openings show that a store did not open in the Buffalo area until April of 1995.
(source)

TheMediaReport.com recently learned that an eagle-eyed viewer questioned Specht about the existence of a Buffalo-area Walmart in the 1980s, and Specht confidently replied back to the viewer, "[Y]es I did check and it did exist back then."

Specht-email-10-22-18

Charlie Specht responds to a viewer and lies.

But there is simply no way that Specht could have checked whether a Walmart existed in Springville "in the 1980s." If he did, he would easily have learned that there were no Walmarts anywhere at all in all of New York state in the 1980s (see this, this, and this).

Thus it is now clear that when it comes to reporting about the Catholic Church, Charlie Specht has thrown all journalistic standards out the window. Fact-checking and honesty are not even on the radar.

Stay tuned.
And a big thank you to the tipster who forwarded the information for this story.

Comments

  1. peoples clown says:

    As Jeff Anderson is a steeple chaser, so this is his media equivalent steeple chaser. No, facts don't matter on the witch hunt against the church! Well, it all catches up with liars. Looks like a Covington catholic action is in order. They can sue the announcer and station for this chronic misrepresentation!

  2. Dan says:

    Surprise, surprise, surprise! You found a catholic who's a liar, which along with deceiving, denying and secretly hiding their wickedness, seems like lying is something catholics do best. Is it possible that Charlie was sexually groped by Fr. Gatto and was to young to remember exactly the store where the incident occured.

    You can attack Charlie and his past all you like and that really doesn't change the facts against Rev. Jeffrey L. Nowak one iota. The priest is one of many catholic grooming creeps that have infiltrated the ranks of your clergy and these cases are not something that's ancient history as you deniers and excusers wish to claim. Still trying to make excuses for a Church rampant with leaders who are pedophiles, pederasts, porn addicts and perverts? Quit trying to deceive and convince us that none of the accusations are true. SYSTEMIC!!

  3. LLC says:

    Dan,

    "Is it possible that Charlie was sexually groped by Fr. Gatto and was to young to remember exactly the store where the incident occured" = or, it is possible that Charlie lied.

    • Dan says:

      Like I said, If he's a liar, not surprising from a catholic, but it does nothing to change the fact that Rev. Nowak is a denying homosexual grooming creep. Using the power of the cloth to get whatever his sick mind desires. Guilty by his own words, not those of Charlie Specht. That's period!

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      the issue here is the claim against Father Gatto. Please pay attention.

       

    • Dan says:

      The issue is you deniers and deceivers are attacking Charlie Specht for all the work he's been doing to expose your cults evils in Buffalo and you don't like it. I'm plenty aware what the issue is in this forum and never in need of a heathens assistance to make me aware of that. Thanks anyway, hypocrite!

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      It would be great if, for once, you can provide an intelligent, pertinent response, without the need to hide your ineptitude behind name calling and trite talking points.

      But, alas, you can’t always get what you want.

  4. Tom Wilson says:

    Lat time I checked. Charlie Specht was a Reporter. Someone who reports what he was told. If every detail is not true. That doesn't make him a "liar". 
    Now that we're talking about "liar". Is MR, as quick, to call Bishop Malone, the liar that he is ?

    • LLC says:

      TW,

      in this case, the issue is that Charlie Specht claims to have checked the existence of a Walmart in the area, claim that seems false. If this detail is false, and it’s easy to demonstrate, do we have ground to doubt the rest of the story?

       

       

       

    • Dan says:

      Tom, the deceivers think that if they can find one mistake in someone's story, then they can claim doubt for all the rest of the story, even when the clergy criminals have all types of other crimes in their past. Their agenda is to deny and deceive as long as they think they can get away with it. Once they're cornered in their deceptions, then they come up with all types of excuses. I actually have come to believe that they are proud to be liars, while busy accusing everyone else of lying, HYPOCRITES!

  5. Julie says:

    Dan, Thanks! :) I will count the words in your longest post here and give a dollar per to the church this weekend. Our Masses are full, and we have a wonderful ministry for the poor. We would make sure the press knew so we could get lots of recognition, publicity, donations and converts out of it, but we aren'r protestants. God bless.

  6. Dan says:

    Apparently you never watch TV, because every holiday the catholic church is on the prime-time news, parading their giving to the poor or boasting of their St. Anthony's kitchen. How you can come by and drop off a turkey, but they would rather have cash, because they are so damn greedy. I wouldn't compare catholicism to other false religions, because you belong to one of the worst and look for publicity and recognition like all the rest. They even use it as their excuse when caught in all their perversions of how they do so much good to the poor. Really? I tested the catholic church of my youth and called them on the phone 10 years ago and asked if I could come by and get something to eat, maybe a piece of bread and they told me they don't do that. Go to Salvation Army. Oh yeah! Some Christians you claim to be!?!

    LLC, I know I have no proof of that. I don't need proof, because I'm not a liar like the rest of you. You catholics dispute the truth, because all you know are the lies. § – Sons of Satan.

    servant of the Lord

    • peoples clown says:

      Dan – apparently you didn't try to call another church. We always have food drives, that are underreported, because we are only looking for donations, that go to unadvertised food pantries and food banks. Hey! Maybe that was part of your problem Dan! If these places are a little too humble, no one knows about them. I can vouch that there are food companies, and rich catholics that donate, and most NO ONE knows they did it. No horn blowing here!

      Please note I will no longer call you "westboro Dan" or "Dan corner" 

      I might call you : "the poster formerly known as Dan corner"

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      “I tested the catholic church of my youth and called them on the phone 10 years ago and asked if I could come by and get something to eat, maybe a piece of bread…” = for an interesting parallel to this story, please see Matthew 4:3.

      Have a blessed day, brother Dan.

    • Dan says:

      Well kudos to the CEO of the § Sons of Satan, Accuser of the brethren. Don't forget that God already won the victory against your leader when Christ died on the cross. servant of the Almighty

    • Dan says:

      You're the perfect example of how well Satan knows the Bible and how to use it in order to deceive and try to fool the lost (AKA – catholics).

  7. Jim Robertson says:

    "Satan knows the Bible." HaHaHaha!

  8. Julie says:

    Dan Corner, The saying, accusation is a form of confession holds true with you, doesn't it. Try and be happy, friend. 

    • Dan says:

      I had four catholic cowardly thugs beat and attack me from behind, claiming I said dirty things to their school children in order to justify their violence. And you wish to claim that, "thuggery is [my] only option." Really? Where does all this catholic stupidity and ignorance come from. Apparently linked to your idolatry of false goddesses and other catholic lies. 

  9. Julie says:

    Dan Corner, I read these comments today on Quora, about why people commit religious-based persecution, and I thought about you and your tactics on this site:

    They are entirely insecure in their own faith, and cannot come up with cogent reasons to sustain their own belief.

    They must rely on the tools of intimidation in order to maintain their control. They know they cannot prevail by reason, benevolence, or principle; thuggery is their only option. 

    • Dan says:

      The Israelites [catholics] secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built for themselves high places in all their towns. They set up sacred stones and Asherah [Mary, Queen of Heaven] poles [obelisks] on every high hill and under every spreading tree. At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the Lord's anger. They worshiped idols, though the Lord said, "You shall not do this." The Lord warned Israel [catholics] …, "Turn from your evil ways. Observe My commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants [Dan] the prophets."

      But they would not listen and were stiff-necked like their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God…. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. 2 Kings 17: 9-15

      This is a prophetic message given to the idol-worshipers of Israel and to all idol-worshiping nations that shall follow in their evil footsteps. Oh yeah! I can hear all you catholics denying that it applies to you, because you are as stubborn and hard-headed as they were. You refuse to listen to my help and close your ears to my correction and falsely call it "persecution", because you have loved the lies more than desiring to hear the truth. I feel so sorry for your deception and your future.  servant of the Lord, a happiness you'll never know, Julie

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      for an interesting parallel to your story, please see Revelation 22:19.

      Have a blessed day, brother Dan (Brown?)

       

    • Dan says:

      LLC,

      Well, isn't that a coincidence, four verses earlier the Lord describes you and your Church.

      "Outside the city are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol-worshipers and all who love to live the lie."  Rev. 22:15  Or even more detailed and fitting;

      "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. Rev. 21:8

      And I didn't even have to add anything for you to understand how well these Revelations describe you and your Church. Thanks for bringing them to my attention.

      Have a blessed day, brother Lousy Lyin' Catholic.

      P.S. Thought you said your blessing was sincere? Anymore stupid names you want to call me? You, Julie or the rest of you clowns.

       

  10. Dan says:

    The Israelites [catholics] secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built for themselves high places in all their towns. They set up sacred stones and Asherah [Mary, Queen of Heaven] poles [obelisks] on every high hill and under every spreading tree. At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the Lord's anger. They worshiped idols, though the Lord said, "You shall not do this." The Lord warned Israel [catholics] …, "Turn from your evil ways. Observe My commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants [Dan] the prophets."

    But they would not listen and were stiff-necked like their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God…. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. 2 Kings 17: 9-15

    This is a prophetic message given to the idol-worshipers of Israel and to all idol-worshiping nations that shall follow in their evil footsteps. Oh yeah! I can hear all you catholics denying that it applies to you, because you are as stubborn and hard-headed as they were. You refuse to listen to my help and close your ears to my correction and falsely call it "persecution", because you have loved the lies more than desiring to hear the truth. I feel so sorry for your deception and your future.  servant of the Lord, a happiness you'll never know, Julie

  11. Julie says:

    Dan, so you said dirty things to schoolchildren?? Oh, nice. Now I am understanding a bit more about your obsession with the priest scandals. Accusation is a form of confession. Choose Jesus. Not hate.

    • Dan says:

      Well now your ignorance and stupidity is trumping that of your male cohorts. Well done, Satan's latest Accuser. Catholic cowardly lying thugs, "CLAIMING I said dirty things to their school children in order to JUSTIFY their violence." Can you liars and twisters of the truth get any more wicked? Apparently so! Christians are supposed to "hate" idolatry and if you think different, well then you're just plain wrong. Not surprising!

    • Dan says:

      I think you should have to pay $5,00 per word to the Church for every word I have to waste trying to teach you the truth. Better yet pay it to someone poor or homeless, one truly deserving of your claimed generosity.  servant of the Truth

      P.S. I have no "obsession with [your] priest scandals". In truth they are disgusting to me and I wish there was nothing to expose. So much for wishing.

    • LLC says:

      Julie,

      can you imagine Dan's reaction if a priest had claimed to have been unjustly beaten for allegedly saying dirty things to young children? Good heavens! He would’ve used a year’s supply of exclamation marks.

      Have a blessed day, sister, and thank you for all you do.

    • Dan says:

      "Have a blessed day, sister, and thank you for all you do."

      Wow! How surprising that a catholic liar (LLC) applauds another catholic liar (Julie) for adding to the lies that justified the beating by catholic cowardly lyin' thugs of a true Christian. How surprising!!! Not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      You are short of few exclamation points.

      Have a blessed day, brother.

       

       

  12. Jim Robertson says:

    "Satan knows the bible" is easily comparable to Donald Duck knowing Mikey Mouse.

    • LLC says:

      JR,

      Mickey and Donald have appeared in stories together since the mid '30.

      Also, Satan knows the Bible, but, like Dan, doesn't really know what it means.

      Have a blessed day, brother.

    • Dan says:

      LLC, If only you knew the Bible as well as you know Disney history. Not surprising that you should know much about Walt Disney seeing that he was known to be a Satanist into the occult. Somewhat fits your catholic agenda, Accuser!!

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      Noooo!?! Not Disney?! What would I do if I didn't have you evangelical intellectual to educate me?

      Have a blessed day, brother…

  13. Julie says:

    Dan, OK. I will give more money per word to the church. Thank you. :)

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