TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, who owned the sites DNAinfo and Gothamist, announced on Thursday that both publications were being shut down immediately — just a week after reporters and editors voted to join a union.
DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize https://t.co/7gMsianXQC
— John Sexton (@verumserum) November 2, 2017
Gothamist and DNAinfo have been shut down. Statement here: pic.twitter.com/53SHJxzpYY
— Kim Bhasin (@KimBhasin) November 2, 2017
“DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure,” Ricketts wrote.
HuffPost reporter Alexander Kaufman, himself a member of Writers Guild of America East, had his own proposal to keep DNAinfo and Gothamist, or at least a reasonable replacement, up and running.
tax the fuck out of billionaires like Joe Ricketts and provide public funding for local journalism.
— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) November 2, 2017
Give us a second to think about it.
— TomG (@chargerpilot) November 2, 2017
SOCIALISM: Not Even Once
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) November 2, 2017
Are you serious with this tweet?
— Scorpius Dubious (@ScorpiusDubious) November 3, 2017
Take my money and give it to people who don’t know the difference between opinion and facts? I don’t think so-
— Susan Wynne (@scwynne) November 2, 2017
Yea, the government should run all news outlets!
— Grim Scaredevant (@TSturdcomedy) November 2, 2017
State sponsored journalism, now where have I seen that before? ?
— Rae Rae (@RaeRaeisRep7) November 2, 2017
Um, yeah: making #journalists dependent on politicians will *ensure* honesty and impartiality. LMAO ???
— Matt Cates (@Matt_Cates) November 2, 2017
You want a press controlled by the State? Sounds like you just want to come clean about wanting the government to control what you report.
— Schadenfreudelish (@aggierican) November 2, 2017
We can call it “Pravda”
— Dan McClinton (@DanMcClinton1) November 2, 2017
Amazingly caviler and generous with other people's money
— Over Governed (@Over_Governed) November 2, 2017
Listen to the little Commie talk.
— Deplorable Galt (@reardongalt) November 2, 2017
Finally, a realistic solution. https://t.co/3AkDmRu2FL
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) November 2, 2017
"Public funding" i.e. the TAXPAYER for "journalism". How do I put this politely. Oh yeah, go f— yourself. https://t.co/0Iw26hF7i8
— DJSmith (@davidjacksmith) November 3, 2017
Oh yes, I love the idea of my tax dollars funding "the truth has a liberal bias" journalism. https://t.co/fXqQvABeQE
— Cranky Gordon (@CrankyGordon) November 2, 2017
Funding for local journalism? So, who gets to oversee this program, let alone decide exactly who gets funding? Isn't it fun playing with other people's money though?
— John Doiron (@jfd1965) November 2, 2017
Who's going to fund the counsel of enlightened elders who get to decide which local journalists deserve Ricketts' tax payments?
— Matthew Barrette (@matthewbarrette) November 2, 2017
Nope, don't penalize people for being successful and give money to those who can't cut it on their own.
— MikesChinHair (@GreenMetalMan) November 2, 2017
— Keith colby (@Mainearmy) November 2, 2017
"My industry is failing because of change, and I want to be protected from that change with other people's money." Come on. https://t.co/9ZPUJsy284
— Nick Poche (@Nicholas_Poche) November 3, 2017
“I suck at my job. Please government, take money away from successful people and give it to me instead!”
— Alexander Gelles (@AlexMG138) November 2, 2017
These are the people that want control of The Purse.
DIMWIT: Why should he be in business if Gov is going to "tax the fuck" out of him? https://t.co/NsyhEVPWLv
— HRH Mach I (@Machovellian) November 3, 2017
How about creating something that people will pay for instead of demanding tax payers fund your job? People like Joe Ricketts feed you.
— Joseph Duke (@MrJosephDuke) November 3, 2017
Idea, find your own funding and start your own sites. Otherwise screw off! https://t.co/S0wT93aFi0
— Joe (@JoeC1776) November 3, 2017
Or, alternately, get a cheap webcam and start a YouTube channel. Why on earth would government ever have to be involved??
— Marzipan Wiley (@marzipanwiley) November 3, 2017
Why tax billionaires to pay journalists? Plenty of billionaires already fund the liberal media already. Ever heard of George Soros?
— Mirror My Handle (@doGfOecioV) November 3, 2017
Liberals don't have enough places to learn "Journalism"? Just read the DNC platform, save $100k, you'll learn the same things #ProblemSolved
— David B (@DBHnBuckhead) November 2, 2017
So, drop the pretense that you "independent journalists" aren't already working for the government (as long as it's run by Democrats) and make us pay your salaries? No thanks, @AlexCkaufman. Run along and play with the other Democrats now. https://t.co/drAbG3E9J0
— Yes, Nick $earcy! (@yesnicksearcy) November 2, 2017