So as I was at my journalist-ass job on Thursday, doing journalism things like editing and fact-checking, I saw some disturbing news crawl upon my Twitter feed. Billionaire supervillain and old white man Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of DNAinfo and Gothamist, shut down the aforementioned digital news sites in what’s seen by many as a retaliatory move for the site’s writers deciding to unionize.
As the New York Times reported:
[A] post went up on the sites from Mr. Ricketts announcing the decision. He praised them for reporting “tens of thousands of stories that have informed, impacted and inspired millions of people.” But he added, “DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure.”