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Boston Globe Reporter Kevin Cullen Makes Up Lies About Being At Boston Marathon Bombing, Having “Second Hand PTSD,” Uses Real Victims As Props In His Disgusting Work Of Fiction

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I ran the Boston Marathon in 2012 when it was 87 degrees. Sucked big ones. Walked a lot of the way and lost 11 pounds. The next year I was all set, but my brother was running so I wanted to be there. So I took the train into Boston College and stood at the top of heartbreak hill, mile 21. This was back before Turtleboy existed, and I ran into Mike “The Canman” Mahon of The Hillman show fame:

We gotta get Michael P. Mahon on the Live show sometime. He’d be great.

Anyway, this was hours before the bombs went off and back then you could just jump in the race which is what I was there to do. So I waited for my brother and when I finally saw him I ran the last 5 miles with him. He finished in under 3 hours, and about 2 hours before the bombs went off. He went and showered at a friend’s house and afterwards we all went to the Prudential Center foodcourt to eat. This overlooks the 26 mile mark, and is almost directly across the street from where Martin Richard was killed by Jafar the terrorist #2.

I heard the first one go off and hardly anyone in the food court moved. But the first thing I said was, “that sounds like a bomb.” It was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard, and it reverberated off of the tall buildings on Boylston Street. Then 11 seconds later the second one was much, much louder because we were so close to it. You immediately saw a flash and a cloud of smoke. I went outside and saw chaos. People lying all over the ground. Cops yelling at you to stay away from trash cans because that’s where they thought the bombs were, and there might be more. They told everyone to leave so I did, and went back inside the food court where all of the tables and chairs were overturned and the restaurants abandoned by the employees. It looked like a stampede just came through.

But in no way, shape, or form am I a victim, nor would I pretend to be. I just happened to be there at this terrible, historic act of terrorism. I do remember it vividly, and it saddens me every time I see the memorials for the bombing. But ultimately my life continued and being there hasn’t fucked me up psychologically.

Inserting yourself into this tragedy if you were not a part of it is equivalent to stolen valor. But that is exactly what Boston Globe reporter Kevin Cullen has been doing for the last five years.

He’s an agenda driven relic of the past working for a dying newspaper. And two days before the marathon he wrote this article in the Globe filled with lies and untruths that used actual victims of the tragedy as props in his fictional story which was designed to insert himself into a tragic event that he was not a part of.

Let’s start with the most obvious part. He claimed that he was randomly driving through Boston recently when he saw Martin Richard’s sister Jane, who lost a leg in the bombing, waiting to cross the street:

He doesn’t call her Jane, he calls her Janey. Because he wants to let readers know that he knows this girl so well that he’s on a nickname basis with her. I’ve never once heard anyone call her Janey before. It’s always Jane. But by using Janey it’s his way of passive-aggressively telling readers that he is intimate with the Richard family. For instance, I don’t know Kevin Cullen personally, so I’d call him Kevin. If I heard someone call him “Kev” I’d assume that this person knows him pretty well. So basically this poor girl lost her leg in the bombing, and Kevin Cullen is using her suffering as a prop to insert himself into a story that he was never a part of.

He also calls her his “talismen,” which is his way of passive-aggressively letting you know that he uses big words. Talismen means lucky charm. I know because I had to look it up, which is exactly what Cullen wanted you to do – show off his erudite vocabulary. But once again, he is using this victim as a pawn in his click bait, fell good bullshit story by calling her his lucky charm.

And what are the odds that he was driving through Boston, a city where millions of people walk through on a daily basis, and he just randomly saw her standing there? Sure thing.

But wait, it gets better….

“Without really knowing who I was or why I had called out, she smiled and waved enthusiastically.”

Oh, so she doesn’t actually know you or who you are? Yet you’re close enough with her to call her Janey when her name is Jane? You often shout out nicknames to 12 year old children you see while in traffic? Yea, that happened. Definitely.

“I parked in the Old Dorchester Post parking lot, and as soon as I turned the engine off, for reasons I cannot explain, I began to weep.”

Yea, that never happened. This is just Kevin Cullen’s attempt to make you feel bad for him. He’s crying. Please comfort him. This bombing, in which which people were killed and injured, none of whom he was friends or family with, has affected him so deeply that he periodically breaks down and cries while driving.

The there’s this:

He can “smell” and “hear” the marathon bombing every time he walks by a fire. Except there’s just one problem – he wasn’t there that day. So how can the smell of fire bring back sensations from an event he wasn’t attending? He’s trying to make you THINK that he was there that day, without actually saying he was there that day. He’s not writing a column, he’s painting a picture and putting himself directly in the middle of it.

He also claims that he is friends with and spoke to off duty Lynn firefighter Matt Patterson – the guy who picked up Jane Richard and ran her to an ambulance.

Except he now claims he doesn’t know Cullen.

He also wants to let you know that he’s personal friends with the first responders on the scene like Patterson, and often heads down to the nostalgic Boston watering holes to tip back a couple frosty ones with some blue collar guys, all of whom he is now friends with:

“Danny.” Once again, this is what he did with “Janey.” Pretends that he’s closer with this people by using nicknames. It’s subtle, but his intentions are obvious.

He’s also good buddy’s now with transit cop Dic Donahue, who was shot during the shootout in Watertown:

“Sometimes he tweets me, busting my chops because I support Manchester United.”

Hey everyone, look at me – I’m tight with a cop who got shot after the marathon bombing!! We’re not just business associates, we’re good friends who casually tease each other about the outcomes of soccer games. That’s what best buds do – tease each other about sportball!!

But as you can see from his Twitter timeline, it worked. He’s spent the last few days doing nothing but retweeting gullible fools telling him how amazing he is for writing this work of fiction:

This made it past their board of “editors” somehow too. Stuff that can be easily disproven. It’s almost the exact same thing that went down in Season 5 of the Wire, when Templeton makes up story after story, painting this heartbreaking stories, and when he’s called out on it they publish it anyway because lies sell newspapers:

Then there’s this podcast the Kirk and Callahan unearthed. Check out this work of fiction at the 12:30 mark:

“I didn’t want to see the movie. I remember talking to a number of firefighters I know and a couple of EMT guys, Brian Pomedaro who’s one of the Lt’s on the Boston EMS. And these are people who’ve been treated for PTSD for what they went through, and they had no interest in seeing the movie and I must say that a month after the bombing I was completely screwed up myself. I just was not taking care of myself, was not eating right, was drinking too much, not getting the proper sleep and exercise I usually get. I think it was almost like, second hand PTSD, from dealing with so many people who were traumatized. I was effected. I remember crying at night after talking to people.”

Hey everyone, Kevin Cullen wants to let you know that it was hard for him to see Patriots Day because it’s too triggering due to this “second hand PTSD.” He actually said that. He made up a psychological disorder in order to victimize himself for pity. He couldn’t eat or sleep for well over a month and he became a alcoholic due to the effects of an event he never attended. This is the saddest and most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen published in a mainstream media outlet. And that’s saying something.

He also does the name drop thing again with first responders – “some firefighters I know.” He didn’t just interview them afterwards for a story – he already knew them. He knows half the population of Boston, he’s just that important. He even knows Brian by name, and I’m actually shocked that he didn’t call him Bri-Bri.


I blame the “Boston Strong” logo for a lot of this, which Cullen uses a lot in his writing:

As if Boston is uniquely qualified to react to a tragedy of this nature. As if the people of Milwaukee would’ve cowered and given up the city to the terrorists if they were bombed. What did we do exactly? We bought t-shirts and used hashtags. We shut down the city for an entire day and stayed in our homes.

But I got news for you – we are no stronger than Seattle or Dallas or New York or Nashville or Detroit. We are not special. We reacted to this bombing the same exact way every single city in America would’ve.

After the bombing everyone was patting themselves on the back for the way we responded to the act of terrorism. The cops hunted down the killers as we watched comfortably from our homes in Wakefield and Weymouth. It wasn’t strong of me to do that. The only people who were really “Boston strong” were people who were injured, lost loved ones, or were first responders on the scene.

I am not a victim and neither is Kevin Cullen. The difference between us is that a) I was actually there that day, and b) I’m not pretending to be a victim or lying about my relations with actual victims and heroes so you’ll comfort me for all I’ve been through.

So what will come of this? Probably nothing. Because the only ones talking about this are Turtleboy and Kirk and Callahan. The Globe will dismiss us as right wing, fake news yahoos. If a mainstream media outlet said something, then he’d be fucked. But he’ll get away with this work of fiction because he works for the Boston Globe.

P.S. He actually tweeted this out two days ago about Sean Hannitty:

“When I get something wrong, I’m accountable.”

No you’re not. You still have a job. Everyone knows that Hannitty was in the tank for Trump. He wears it on his sleeve. Cullen pretends to be a real reporter with no bias. He’s the real fraud.

32 Comment(s)
  • Kirky
    April 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Good blog but this is almost entirely clipped from Kirk and Callahan. There’s a reference or two to that show but it should be clear that most all of the issues raised here were first raised on the radio.

  • roberti
    April 20, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Globe announced they are reviewing his writing, great job Turtleboy!

  • Fuck Kev
    April 20, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I’d like to beat the fuck out of Kevin Cullen until he begged for death .

  • Joe Shmuckelmyer
    April 19, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    I agree with the earlier comment from the cop. No cop or firefighter i know would ever sit down and have a beer with a cop hatin, mutha fucka , David Hogswallowin globe reporter with a poison pen. Great work for those who exposed him.

  • Dying newspaper
    April 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Pitiful just to gain attention for himself. Must have been associated with the plagiarist Mike Barnicle.

  • Barney Miller
    April 19, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I’ve been a cop for 13 years and I can tell you this guy is full of shit. I can tell you right now (and I’m not saying this to be funny) the only people cops hate more than local politicians are reporters. There is no fucking way these guys are just sitting around drinking beers with a Globe reporter, treating him like he’s one of the guys. I can promise you they wouldn’t piss on this liberal liar if he was on fire, let alone toast the memory of a dead cop with him.

  • Bill
    April 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I thought it was just me.I could never figure out how locking down half the state and hiding in our houses watching TV made us strong. In the Boston I knew, our grandmothers would grab a baseball bat and hunt the bastards down themselves. Today, it’s not about looking out for your neighborhood, it’s about selling T-shirts.

  • Roger
    April 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I have second hand PTSD from looking at his stupid smug face. Anytime I read a newspaper now, I’m gonna think of him and throw up and start selling food stamps…maybe a go fund me will help?

  • roberti
    April 19, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Turtleboy you nailed this one, too bad not enough people will see through this fake.

  • Kevin Cullman
    April 19, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    “While driving around weeping, I saw Linda Genduso leaving the MSP station with a huge bag of weed. ‘Hi Lee Lee’, I screamed. She dropped it and got into a waiting car and peeled out. I wept some more.”

  • Jimmy
    April 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    the Richard family lives around the corner from the Eire Pub and are seen often walking on the exact street he described.

    • annabelthepug
      April 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      OMG. Thank you. Funniest thing I’ve read all week!

  • deflateddoritodinks
    April 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Tried to read the piece of offal, but of course the paywall blocked me,. the ONLY “newspaper” on the planet that doesn’t even give you a couple of shitty free articles to read because they’re bankrupt, and John Henry only has about a hundred gadzillion left to give to this undeserving welfare case. This guy has got Barnicle syndrome making up people and stuff for DECADES until this little thing called Lexus Nexus came along and linked all his unnamed disabled people, cops, veterans, and characters from James Joyce’s Dubliners for the FAKE unnamed fictionalized characters they really were.

    Can we shame this guy somehow. Of course not! He has no shame, and he was an alkie a lot of years before 2013.

  • Bosfan
    April 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Did he just out Jane Richards for working an under the table job at 12 years old? Not sure that was the smartest thing to do….

  • AgingCynic
    April 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I love how he drops Dan Keeler’s name. Google the guy. His departure from BPD was, ahem, “controversial”. This nickname crap is an Irish thing, I’m convinced. Every Irish boss I ever had put a “y” on the end of my name, like we went back ten years together instead of ten minutes. Like every state rep who wouldn’t piss on you if you burst into flames.

  • JoeMomma
    April 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    When it comes to making up the news, the Globe is right up there with ESPN.

  • Ralph
    April 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    It’s the Boston Globe. They have a history of employing faux journalists. I expect nothing less from a John Henry owned business.

    • z
      April 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Yup, right up there with the outrage about Tom Yawkey.

      I don’t go to the games. Is the Morse Code still on the wall?

      He also is a part owner in a Nascar team. There’s 1 Asian, 1 Black and 2 Hispanics racing at the top level. Surprisingly for such a “woke” person as Henry none race for his team.

    • juror seven esq.
      April 19, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      I’d like to see John Henry pull some of this woke shit with his Liverpool football club. My guess, and I think WEEI hit a home run today after they had Sam Kennedy on, when after the interview it was suggested that the Red Sox asked for a one week delay on announcing the decision over the Yawkey Way name change because the change was going to be approved.

  • MrSparklePants
    April 19, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Moonbats have a strong herd instinct to be victims. Victimhood is their ultimate safe space. I saw the tornado in Springfield; did I get second hand PTSD? Hell no, I wound up with another reason to drink that night! Cullen needs some puppy and crayons therapy. So beta.

  • Serious Question
    April 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Liberal women baffle me.

    How can a woman possibly get turned on enough to want to fuck a guy who:

    weeps at every possible occasion
    needs a safe space
    interrupts your date by taking out his phone and recording arrests even when he has no idea what happened and shouting obscenities at cops
    has a liberal arts degree and works at a coffee shop
    has a beard full of whatever he ate for the past week
    opposes organized sports because they’re a metaphor for war
    purposely sets out to befriend minorities for bragging rights
    talks smack at his girl’s dad because he’s a veteran
    spoils the holidays with political diatribes
    smells like patchouli and dirty socks
    has totally questionable hygiene
    goes off about how much he hates America when other countries would kill him for doing the same
    calls Republican women the c word and doesn’t see the hypocrisy
    acts more feminine than his girlfriend with regards to basically everything

    That makes liberal women wet? How is that fucking possible? No wonder why 99.999999999999999% of lesbians are Democrats. That’s no accident.

  • bigdaddy
    Mike Barnicle
    April 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I thought I was the only who made up stories at the Globe

    • Gary McCollom
      April 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Bravo my friend, truth hurts but once again liberals never feel any shame.

  • Not a big deal, but it's spelled Talisman
    April 19, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Kevin Cullen deserves this. Good job by WEEI and K&C and good job by TBS.

  • Ron Borges
    April 19, 2018 at 11:21 am

    There is no such thing as a lack of integrity in journalism. Journalists are above reproach! You got this one wrong Turtleboy. Also, Mike Lupica has never, ever been fooled! I know I for one have never been fooled.

    Also, no Globe editors have ever been arrested for punching the clown and had to relocate to Vermont to avoid being on the level 3 registry.

  • Screw PC
    April 19, 2018 at 11:18 am

    “Hey coach, I won’t be able to make football practice. I have second hand PTSD. I might be back on Monday.”

    “Nah, don’t bother. Why don’tcha give the cheerleaders a call and see if they have an opening for someone coming off their period.”

  • cynic
    April 19, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Everyone wants so badly to appear close to the bombing situation and point to themselves and say, “Look how much blood I got on myself.” When Cullen cites all these connections, it makes me realize that in a relatively small/tight-knit area, just about EVERYBODY was probably a degree or two of separation from the tragedy. I know I was. But that doesn’t make me a victim and I did not “go through” ANYTHING that day. I was merely an observer.

    Boston Strong is an idiotic phrase. There is nothing special about how Boston as a whole responded. The police, firemen, and victims? Yes, they are special. Everyone else? No. PR and marketing slogans designed to make people feel better are meaningless.

    I admire the resiliency of the victims and first responders. I do not think that every idiot here for college needs to lay claim to some higher mantle of honor just for living here when a bomb went off.

    Mind you, the Russians warned us that the T brothers were dangerous. The FBI did nothing. That day represents a failure of the US intelligence community.

  • El Guapo
    April 19, 2018 at 11:01 am

    This guys as much a marathon bombing victim as David hogg is a school shooting victim.

    Lib bullshit artists at their finest folks

    • GOP Bastard
      April 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      The only pussy cocksucker that would downvote that comment is Kevin Cullen.

      Kevin, you make Richard Simmons look like Rambo. I’m going to hit on and make passes at your wife right in front of you the next time you two are in public. Her seat is going to be soaked at the prospect of finally getting some real dick.

      • Eugene
        April 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm

        Nice,make sure you tap every hole she has.

    • z
      April 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      I wasn’t 3 sentences into this when I thought of David Hogg.

    • Dave
      April 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

      El Guapo,
      You speak the truth brother!!!!
      Glad to see someone can see through all the BullShit!

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