Worcester Magazine Isn’t Firing Sexual Harassing Editor Walter Bird, So Victim #2 Came Forward To Tell What Walter Bird Did To Her When She Ran For Office
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A couple weeks back we revealed Facebook messages sent to us by City Councilor Michael Gaffney, that showed Worcester Magazine Editor Walter Bird inappropriately attempting to have mid-day sex with a woman who he had business with as editor of WoMag. A woman who clearly was not interested in his advances:
He obviously was not good at taking her hints when he intimated that he wanted to take her clothes off, and took her refusal to flat out call him a disgusting creep as “flirting”:
Newsflash Walter – just because you hung out with Ron Jeremy one time, doesn’t mean every chick wants your dong now.
Those women in the movies are actresses. They also have no souls. Women in real life don’t just jump on your bologna baton because you tossed it and said “come and get it.” In real life, women who are much younger than you and out of your league, aren’t interested in letting you explore their meat wallets.
Anyway, after we exposed this WoMag announced that they were putting him on leave. We figured they were figuring out his severance package and how to minimize the damage a potential lawsuit would bring Worcester Magazine.
Turns out they were just twiddling their thumbs and hoping we’d all forget about it:
Yup, that’s right – they’re hiring back a guy who was caught redhanded sexually harassing women while he was working:
More than two weeks ago, Worcester Magazine suspended editor Walter Bird Jr. in the wake of reports that he used his position with the company to pursue a personal relationship with an adult woman with whom he first interacted as a reporter. Over a period of several months, Bird and the woman engaged in an exchange of text and social media messages of a highly-personal nature. Those consensual exchanges took place two or more years ago. Snippets of the conversations have been published elsewhere and do not reflect all of the exchanges.
They were consensual messages, therefore it’s OK? What does that even mean? How can a text message not be consensual? It’s not actually sex. You don’t need consent to send an inappropriate Facebook message trying to coerce a woman into “getting our freak on” during a lunchbreak and going back to work together, even if the woman clearly states that she does not want to “rock the place” with you.
Of course we didn’t show all of the exchanges, even though we have seen more, because it would give away the identity of the woman. But apparently Worcester Magazine has no regard for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, and weren’t willing to do anything unless she came forward and identified herself. Because that’s what they just baited her to do. If she wants Walter Bird fired she has to come forward and say who she is. Then they’ll slut shame her an give Walter another paid vacation before bringing him back again.
Worcester Magazine acted swiftly in response to what was made public. At the very least, Bird’s participation in the text conversations was deemed inappropriate. As such, he was placed on a leave of absence. After much scrutiny and deliberation, Worcester Magazine’s management took steps they deemed appropriate. Bird returns to Worcester Magazine as editor this week. At the same time, we redouble our commitment to the highest professional standards among all employees at all times, and have taken steps internally to reflect as much.
So the messages WERE inappropriate enough to warrant a suspension. But one of their employees doing this ON THE CLOCK, is OK by their “highest professional standards”:
Let’s be very clear here – Kathy Real and Worcester Magazine is giving Walter Bird a pass on sexual harassment in the workplace because they don’t like the messenger. They don’t want to legitimize Turtleboy Sports, and they don’t like Michael Gaffney. Their infatuation with both of us is more important than protecting women from a man who can’t keep it in his pants.
However, this story has convinced one of the other women Walter was inappropriate with to come forward. He was not graphic with this one, but it does show a pattern of Walter using his position at Worceter Magazine to try get laid. Victim #2 is a woman who ran for political office in the Worcester area. Walter Bird covered the election and campaign for WoMag and had frequent interactions with her. After the election was over he slid into her DM’s and tried to ask her out:
If you’re gonna start a sentence with “with no awkwardness at all,” you probably shouldn’t say something extremely awkward right afterwards. I can tell you as a heterosexual male that this woman is WAY out of his league. He should’ve known she would want nothing to do with him, but it’s not against any laws to ask her out.
However, it’s extremely inappropriate to ask out a woman whose only relationship with you was a professional one. And it’s not fair to put it on her to have to let him down nicely. He shouldn’t have put her in that situation. Is this what Worcester Magazine wants women who run for political office to contemplate? How they’re going to reject the “reporter” whose covering their campaign once it’s all done, without hurting his feels? Do male candidates often get asked out by female reporters? Nope. But it’s OK because Worcester Magazine is a sexist publication that doesn’t mind victimizing women.
More importantly this is two women now we’ve shown this with. It’s a pattern. It’s what he does.
Nevertheless he persisted:
Note to dudes – when a chick rejects you, don’t keep asking her out. She’s still not interested and is just trying to not hurt your feelings. Don’t tell her how lucky you’d feel if she said yes either. Because you’re clearly still trying to toss it in there.
More concerning is when he says, “I would love to stay in touch and I will still need your input for stories.” In other words, he intends on continuing to have a professional relationship with this woman, despite already asking her out twice. And more than likely he’ll use this as an opportunity to keep trying.
He wasn’t done though. Third time is a charm, right Walter?
Oh for fuck’s sake. He actually said, “I’m one of the good ones” to try to coerce her to change her mind.
Newsflash – no good guy in the history of courting has ever referred to themselves as “one of the ones.” The only people who feel the need to do that are the bad ones. Hey Walter – if you were one of the good ones you’d stop making her uncomfortable and asking her out. That’s not something good guys do. Just sayin.
We spoke with the woman, who claimed that Walter made her feel uncomfortable with his mannerisms throughout the campaign, and she was inspired to come forward after seeing the unfair treatment Worcester Magazine was giving Councilor Gaffney:
“I know. The guy is a pig. I don’t know what info I can give other than my own personal experience. When I ran for office he was always “there”. Staring creepily. Calling and emailing asking to do stories or ask for my opinion. I didn’t think much of it aside from getting gross creepy old man vibes from him. After the election was the first time he asked me out. I turned him down. He’d continue to message me, didn’t cross any boundaries though. He reached out several times afterward to ask for a “(redacted) opinion” on whatever he was working on. I wouldn’t participate. I told him to go screw because I wasn’t happy with how he was treating my good friend Michael Gaffney. I haven’t had any interactions with him since then. But I’m sure he doesn’t like me very much.
I know women who work in city hall and we’d laugh about how disgusting and creepy he was. It was always a joke about who he’d be trying to hit on next. No woman was safe from Birds advances. Which in my opinion is unprofessional and creates and uncomfortable working environment.
To top it all off this woman lost the election, and Worcester Magazine endorsed her opponent. We can’t reveal who that was or it would reveal who she is. But the message is clear – if you don’t have sex with Walter Bird, you probably won’t get endorsed by Worcester Magazine, since he’s directly involved in endorsements.
My question is, what do Worcester Magazine’s advertisers think of this? We know communist revolutionary and Joe Petty campaign coordinator Red Danny Margolis is more than pleased that this disgusting old man is still able to use his influence to coerce women into bed with him:
But that’s because Red Danny is so obsessed with us and Gaffney that he’d rather see women get victimized than Gaffney and Turtleboy be vindicated. Then again when you’re a creepy, single man who can’t find a woman to go out with you, I guess you kind of empathize with Walter Bird.
Our advertisers get harassed every other day because we’re allegedly so terrible for exposing men who use their position in the workplace to try to nail chicks. Meanwhile advertisers in Worcester Magazine get to continue to pay Walter Bird’s salary, as well as publisher Kathy Real, who ultimately had the authority to protect women and chose not to. We won’t resort to the bullying and harassment that our advertisers have gotten for choosing to spend their ad budgets on a website that people actually read. We’re above that. But I would personally like to know why Old Sturbridge Village, D’Iorios, Standard Auto Parts, and Altea’s Eatery (which we love) are choosing to support a publication that condones sexual harassment of women.
Feel free to ask them. We’re not going to organize a group messaging campaign, but as a private citizen who thinks Worcester Magazine’s disgusting approval of sexual harassment is problematic, you’re more than welcome to ask them why they’d choose to give WoMag money every month instead of a feminist family blog like Turtleboy. We’d gladly take them on our site if they’re interested in doing the right thing. Whatever Worcester Magazine is charging them we will offer half the price and promise them at least 10 times the exposure. Seems like a no-brainer, unless you like financing actual sexual harassment.
No matter what Worcester Magazine decides to do the damage has been done. They’ve been exposed by Turtleboy and Gaffney for what they are – a safe haven for predators. Whatever you do, do NOT take every Worcester Magazine from other business that allows WoMag to peddle their free newspapers there. And do NOT burn or throw them in the trash and send pictures to us. We would NOT appreciate if you did that.
The bottom line is that Worcester Magazine fucked up this time around, but they can still make it right. Because this is just the beginning. If victim #3 chooses to come forward, things are gonna get even more interesting. And you know it’s just gonna open up the door for more women to come forward too. Your move Kathy Real.
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