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If The Telegram Doesn’t Report On These Posts From Alleged Sarai Rivera And Joe Petty Facebook Pages It Proves They Are Frauds

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Back when we uncovered the truth that Mosaic Cultural Complex was collecting checks from the city while their employees were falsifying time sheets, we showed you this post from Robert Alston (Boo Shameek), who is the son of Mosaic CEO Brenda Jenkins:

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It was a damning post. A Mosaic employee, and son of the CEO, openly bragging about making lots of money by playing off of “white guilt.” A very relevant post that both Worcester Magazine and MassLive cited.

But the Telegram and Gazette has yet to acknowledge that this was ever posted. On top of that the Telegram refused to print Dianne Williamson’s column that was critical of Mosaic, possibly more than likely because she planned on incorporating this post into the column. It would seem to anyone with a brain that the official policy at the Telegram and Gazette is that Facebook isn’t real, and posts made on Facebook cannot be attributed to the individual who appears to be making the posts.

Well, at least that’s the policy if it fits their agenda.

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Because in both yesterday’s sloppy column from the world’s worst reporter Samantha Allen, and today’s column from Dianne Williamson, the Telegram and Gazette cited, quoted, and linked a Facebook post that was allegedly from Michael Gaffney’s Facebook account. Both of them insinuate that it was indeed the real Gaffney that wrote the offensive post because…..some random guy on Facebook said it was him. At the end of the day, the Telegram stands for absolutely nothing. It’s a useless rag of a newspaper that only reports things that fit their biased, one sided agenda.

And it’s not just the Telegram either. The mere fact that Worcester Magazine and MassLive are reporting on this is a joke. If they consistently did this to all elected officials it would be one thing. But they only do it to Gaffney, because they’re nothing but page view whores, and they know Gaffney is always good for the clicks. For example, last summer Mosaic employee Nathan Pickens wrote this on Facebook when a local black leader named Mesfin Beshir showed his support for Gaffney on Facebook:

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Obviously this is a disgusting and racist thing to say, but it’s Nathan Pickens. What did you expect? The shocking part was City Councilor Reverend Sarai Rivera’s defense of the message Hate Dog was sending:


There it is. Sarai Rivera is friends with and endorses a disgusting, vile racist who calls another black man a “house n word” because he supports Mike Gaffney for Mayor. Where was the Telegram, MassLive, and WoMag article on this? This is a million times worse than what the fake Gaffney page put up. Oh yea, they like Sarai and cover for her so they’re not gonna say shit.

Meanwhile we saw posts like these all over the comments section on Facebook:

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Did Sarai Rivera really write those things? I don’t know, but they’re pretty inappropriate for a City Councilor. Just like Gaffney, she denied it:


The Facebook postings say “ho” a lot, and according to this voicemail from Sarai, this is a word that is heavily incorporated into her every day vocabulary:

We fully expect Samantha Allen and Dianne Williamson to write one-sided articles that purport that this is in fact that real Sarai Rivera. After all, she’s said things that are similar to this before in public forums.


And Nate Pickens, who is friends with her, clearly is conversing with this account as if it is the real Sarai Rivera:

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And her Facebook page information checks out.

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We don’t know if this is the real Sarai and will not venture to guess. But we fully expect the Telegram and others to investigate and write about this. We can’t be having a City Councilor act like this on social media and we must know the truth.

Several people also brought these posts to our attention yesterday which were equally as disturbing:

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Wow. Shocking. Did Joe Petty and Sarai really say those things? I don’t know. Some people are saying they did, some people are saying they didn’t. Kind of like with Gaffney.

The best part is MassLive’s explanation for why they are reporting the Gaffney post but not thoroughly investigating the other ones:

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Oh I see. So if enough morons on social media think something is real, then it’s a story. Solid journalism. Solid.

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The evidence of Gaffney consists of the following:

  • A couple guys who are clearly biased and claim they clicked on the offensive post in question and were linked to his real Facebook page.
  • Some screenshots of a post that is no longer there, just like all of the above Petty comments.

That’s it. The fake Gaffney account was sending out friend requests left and right. I accepted it, as did the man who started the thread in which the fake Gaffney commented on. It’s really not hard to figure out how the fake Gaffney page posted on the private page. When I see a name I know send me a friend request, I don’t do a background check. I just hit accept. Same shit happened here. Only a complete MORON can’t see that. Speaking of, here’s some morons:

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LOL. Morons.

None of these people actually believe this. They’re just saying this because they WANT to believe it. They’ll tell you that the Sarai and Petty posts are fake though, because they want to believe that Sarai and Petty wouldn’t say those things.

The bottom line is this – only a complete nudnik thinks anything on Facebook is real. If it doesn’t have the blue verified checkmark, then we don’t know who actually said it. Young people understand this. Middle aged folks struggle with it. It’s a prime example of why old people, and old institutions like the Telegram, aren’t fit to survive in the digital age.



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22 Comment(s)
  • Rational person
    February 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Clive wrote a column today about this, combined with some Rubio-bashing. What is frustrating is that he won’t write a column spelling out exactly what Mosaic does/has done for the community. Just asking that question makes me a racist in his eyes and that makes me angry.

  • Swedish Chef
    February 24, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Some real Sherlock Holmes’s up in dis piece.

  • Michael Lirange
    February 24, 2016 at 2:45 am

    It is definitely above a blog that exclusively posts anonymously to create some fake profiles to support rhetoric from a previous article so they have some half-baked after-the-fact precedent to go by. Stick to sports and stop pretending you are journalists with some shoddy internet sleuthing abilities.

  • Springfield City of Homies
    February 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Sarai is nothing more than a dumb hypocritical cunt.

  • davidsl
    February 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    What shred of respect I had left for you Dianne is gone. I remember your many columns protesting your OWN innocence when people mistook you for the ‘other’ Dianne Williamson, a criminal you swore wasn’t you! You KNOW those posts weren’t made by Mr. Gaffney. Your smear of the man is reprehensible. How can anybody believe anything you write now?

  • BlackandWhite
    February 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    This makes me have even more respect for Gaffney.

    • Fo Real
      February 24, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Of course it does, let me guess you are voting for trump, hate your wife, and are going on a hunting trip in the near future

      • Stupid
        February 24, 2016 at 10:22 am

        Haha! That was pretty funny.

  • Publius
    February 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    So just anecdotal polling suggest that Gaffney comments whether real or imagined have scored well with voters. Diane’s column is more good publicity for Gaffney.

  • Star1
    February 23, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Wow turtleboy you look so desperate on this one first off that definitely was not Sarai goes to show how desperate and low turtleboy is if this had any truth to it you would have blogged about this days ago but because gaffneys ignorant statements you pull this shit wow

    • Stupid
      February 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Um, I’m going to try to explain it for you. This is TB’s way of demonstrating how easy it is to create a fake FB page and post vile things while pretending to be someone else. Wow.

      • Concerned Citizen
        February 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        Save your keystrokes Stupid. Based on that run on post from Star1, he/she would not understand anyway. It is readily apparent that if brains were gas, he/she would not have enough to power an ant-mobile around the inside of a Cheerio.

        • Star1
          February 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm

          Good one how long did it take for you to come up with that one

          • Devils Mouthpiece
            February 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm

            Hey, I’m looking for a period in a sentence. Anyone seen one lately?

          • Wabbitt
            February 24, 2016 at 11:16 am

            Punctuation? What is this punctuation of which you speak?

  • Jeanette C
    February 23, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    By the way Turtleboy, I was subscribed to you, but am no longer receiving emails from you letting me know when new articles are posted, what’s up with that? And thanks for showing me in a good light on your page, and of course as most should know, the “He” I was referring to is Michael Gaffney. I truly believe, Mr. Gaffney becoming the Mayor of Worcester in 2017 would be the best thing for our city. I came from Illinois in December 2010 to Worcester and I love the city and the people, I would love to see Worcester return to it’s former glory with a thriving downtown, cleaner neighborhoods and homeowners that take pride in their homes, maybe get groups together to work on picking up the trash that blows all over on trash day, etc. Working together to get things done toward a common goal is the best diversity training there is, we don’t need Mosaic, Sarai, Deb Powers or anyone else to tell else what to do, when they don’t have a clue and just like to stir up trouble where there is none.

    • Jeanette C
      February 23, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      *to tell else = to tell us

  • haha
    February 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Still butt hurt over your boy getting busted being a scum bag again? Tell Gaffney to grow a pair and man up to what he said.

    • True Reality Speaks
      True Reality Speaks
      February 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Coming from a puke that posts anonymously.

      Go away Jeffy.

  • John Wick
    February 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Eff the telegram. That liberal rag hasn’t been relevant in years. What’s it good for, another one of Clives anti-police, “I hate whitey” articles?


  • Jeanette C
    February 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I can’t get over Sarai thinking I would ever step into her church and that I would give her $50 to get diversity training from her and that I should believe that, that $50 would guarantee me a spot in heaven, ROFLMFAO :). She obviously doesn’t know me. 1. Definitely NOT a Ho-bag, LOL, since I am in a monogamous relationship with my soulmate and man I love very much 🙂 2. I am definitely not Jewish, I was raised in the Christian faith. 3. The only thing she got right is I am white, but as me and my significant other are taxpayers and landlords in Worcester, I totally believe I have a right to my opinion and I definitely don’t need any of Sarai’s diversity training. We get along well with our neighbors and many have become friends and we live in a very diverse neighborhood so she can flush her diversity training down the toilet!!!

  • Publius
    February 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I got the T&G renewal on my desk and seriously thinking of dumping it. All for supporting the local paper but the reporting or lack of it has something to be desired and seems much more pronounced with the new owners. With all due respect to TBS, TBS should not be the go to for breaking news and investigative reporting but it is. TBS is more relevant than the T&G and that is sad.

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