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This morning I put out an official challenge for a live streamed debate to Bill Shaner, the failed reporter at free Worcester Magazine who hasn’t stopped writing stories about me and Turtleboy Sports for the last 18 months. They’ve written about me or Turtleboy almost 100 times during that time period. Billy basically makes stuff up about the blog, reads every blog we publish, and meticulously watches every live show in order to prove who “Turtleboy” is. It was really sad to watch, but flattering that this man was so obsessed with me personally. Here are some highlights.
June 2017 – Attempting to expose me as the owner of Turtleboy Sports.
August 2017 – Figuring out the names of Turtleboy aliases on Facebook.
November 30, 2017– Championing our Facebook page being taken down: “bullying is the clear purpose of this blog and its followers, though they’ll deny it to the high heavens, claiming instead they “publicly shame” people.”
December 6, 2017 – Gloating about our Facebook page being taken down.
January 4, – Whining about Alli Bibaud coverage.
January 5 – Gaffney lawsuit.
January 11 – Gaffney lawsuit.
January 16 – Gaffney lawsuit.
January 18 – Gaffney lawsuit.
January 19 – Talib Kweli suing me.
February 22 – Gaffney case.
May 31 – “Haven’t heard much about our little Breitbart Turtleboy Sports in a while. And honestly, that’s all well and good.”
September 13 – “I’m happy to share the amazing news that head writer and owner Aidan Kearney is writing a tell-all book about Turtleboy Sports, the inarguably worst thing about Worcester. Should be a truly terrible read. Can’t wait. “Buffalo,” which is bound to be a recap of the time he was caught being gross at a Buffalo Bills game.” (See what I mean? He just makes stuff up. If anyone actually read Worcester Magazine I might care, but for most people this is the first time seeing it)
October 4 – Whining a blog exposing State Senate candidate Tom Merolli’s detainment by police in a Southbridge park because he was too cheap to spring for the motel room.
January 3– “It was one of the first times I can remember Kearney outwardly attaching his name to the editorial product of our own little Breitbart, and now that he’s fully loud and proud about it, the years of hilariously dishonest attempts at denial are all the more funny.”
January 17 – Refusing to acknowledge I beat Gaffney in court.
There’s a lot more but you get the point. His beef was with our anonymity, and he thinks that we bully people for no reason. As a dignified and civil adult running a well-respected media outlet that is often cited by the Washington Post and Boston Globe, I offered him a challenge to debate this, since I have no problem putting my name or face to this. I’m also more than confident that I could refute all of his misguided claims about the blog by pointing out the undeniable amounts of positive outcomes that our blog as created for society. And like the gutless coward that he is, he declined.
Heard Aidan Kearney challenged me to a debate. Here's my official response: who cares.
— Bill Shaner (@bill_shaner) January 18, 2019
Ummmm….you do? Ya know, because you’ve written about us almost 100 different times in the last 18 months. You write about everything we do. You’ve dedicated almost as many hours to Turtleboy as Gaffney has, and that’s no easy feat. You definitely care a lot.
Of course the real reason he won’t do it is because he’s scared. He knows if he actually sat down in a room with me, shook hands, and attempted to debate me, he’d lose in spectacular fashion. I’d bring proof, evidence, and documented facts, showing all the really good things the blog has done for so many people, and his response to everything would be, “yea but….bullying,” and “Breitbart junior.” Because just like most of our critics Billy is devoid of facts and his writing relies completely on emotions. This is why he works for Worcester Magazine and will likely rise no higher than that.
According to him he won’t do it because there are “no merits” of Turtleboy.
Except for last week when we helped a victim of domestic violence have a lawsuit dropped against her by her abuser. Or the 5 highest ranking members of the MSP who resigned in disgrace after we exposed their scandals. Or the Northbridge Public Schools covering up a teacher being stabbed by a student last week. Or identifying countless people breaking laws. Or finding stolen kittens and getting them returned to the owner. Or raising thousands and thousands of dollars for various charities.
None of these things have nearly as much merit as Bill Shaner writing a weekly snarky filled sarcastic blog that him and his good friend Steve Quist high five over every week. Sad.
He also says he can’t find common ground, so there’s no point to debate.
Translation – I’m incredibly close minded, even though I claim to be a reporter of the news, therefore I will not subject myself to hearing ideas that might contradict my preconceived worldview.
Oh, and he basically said that he had no intention of actually reporting on the fliers Gaffney sent out to the entire town of Holden about me because he “doesn’t want to put the time in.”
He can’t write about me, because he’s way too busy…..writing about me.
I have a feeling his boss, Walter Bird, won’t let him, and he’s too afraid to admit that despite being a long haired free spirit, he’s still working for a crotchety 50 something year old white dude named Walter. Either way, the offer remains on the table, any time, anywhere. And I mean anywhere.
If you’d like to ask him why he won’t debate me here’s how you can reach him.