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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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
And her Facebook page information checks out.
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:
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:
Oh I see. So if enough morons on social media think something is real, then it’s a story. Solid journalism. Solid.
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:
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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