Today Gatehouse Media laid off Worcester Magazine’s editor and arts editor. I am the only editorial staffer left, with a full paper to put out next week. Pray for me.
— Bill Shaner (@bill_shaner) May 23, 2019
Worcester Magazine has been reduced to just one reporter tasked with putting out a weekly paper following layoffs Thursday morning. Editor Walter Bird Jr. and Arts and Entertainment Editor Joshua Lyford were laid off. That reduces the magazine’s staff to reporter Bill Shaner, now the sole editorial staffer.
Worcester Magazine was created more than 40 years ago as an alternative voice to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. After a purchase last year, the magazine is now run by the GateHouse Media-owned Telegram.
Three words – Learn. To. Code.
I don’t normally revel when someone loses their job, but Worcester Magazine deserved this. And ironically the guy who caused their downfall is the only one keeping his job. Shitstain:
Billy Shaner is the only person they could find to work for minimum wage, and he is living proof why the minimum wage should not go up. He’s only keeping his job because he costs Gatehouse less money. I don’t know what he does with his time, but he literally just produces one column a week (Worcesteria) and it’s almost always some failed attempt at taking shots at Turtleboy. He’s openly endorsed socialism, got way too close to disgraced School Committee member Dante Comparetto, and he carries himself like a slob. Just look at the professionalism this creature oozes:
That’s how he dressed for my first court date with Gaffney. He was obsessed with that story early on because he thought Turtleboy was going down. He wrote about it extensively, but after I won he was nowhere to be found. Didn’t write a word about it, because he’s not a real journalist.
When Billy does write stories he has no scoops. He just cheerleads for activist causes, which isn’t journalism. There are stories to tell in Worcester, but Billy admittedly is just too lazy to make phone calls.
“When I have time.”
You write one column per week. You don’t tweet very often. What do you do with your time? Maybe try putting out content once in a while. Might help.
Walter Bird deserves to be fired for not putting a leash on this kid or giving him any sort of guidance. Hiring Bill Shaner was the worst decision he ever made, and it rightfully cost him his job. Her survived multiple credible allegations of sexual harassment, but he couldn’t survive the damage Bill Shaner did to his free magazine.
As for Josh Lyford, I don’t know what he writes about, so he obviously didn’t anything memorable that makes him valuable in any way. Although there was that one time a few weeks ago him and Billy and Josh bought pot in Worcester, giggled like school girls, and ended it early so they could go smoke in the parking lot.
What a huge loss for the media.
Meanwhile over on Billy’s page all the other mainstream media hacks are crying about evil Gatehouse making wise business decisions, rather than carrying people who bring no value to the company.
This makes me sick. A big loss for #Worcester media. Anytime a newspaper person loses their job for no reason other than a financial decision, it makes for a sad day. This is a doubly sad day. When will this madness end? Unfortunately, no end is in sight.
— Nick Kotsopoulos (@NCKotsopoulos) May 23, 2019
And they’re blaming capitalism too.
And this asshole wants to help.
Hey man I sent over a feature if you need one. Any help you need just say the word.
— Chris Faraone (@Fara1) May 24, 2019
What these people don’t understand is that MSM rags don’t have a right to exist forever. They were all the rage 100 years ago because there was no other way for people to consume information. Now we have social media and Turtleboy. What are newspapers doing to adapt to this? Nothing. They’re regurgitating AP stories.
But yet Turtleboy survives, despite countless lawsuits. Why is that?
Because we provide a service that no one else does. We investigate and call out people that the MSM is too afraid to. This is unique, and it’s what separates us from our competitors. And in capitalism you have to create a product that people want, or else you have no value. This is why people donate to us and support us through all the ups and downs – because unlike Worcester Magazine we provide a valuable service to the people.
The best part is that we could’ve saved Worcester Magazine. I offered to debate Billy on his channel a few months ago and he declined. I could’ve given something WoMag doesn’t have – viewers. But he turned us down because he’s scared to debate and he cost Walter and Josh their jobs in the process.
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