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It cannot be erased that the Gothamist and DNAinfo shut-down was an intentional, retributive attempt to thwart socialist empowerment of the people and reinforce capitalist exploitation.

On Nov. 2, users attempting to access news websites Gothamist and DNAinfo, were met with this shut down note, including employees who had no advance notice of the shutdown. The ownership of the websites pointed to persistent profit loss as the primary, if not only, motivating factor. The notice itself by current DNAinfo and Gothamist-network platforms CEO, Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, stated a business interest ostensibly driving the shut-down, saying: “DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure. And while we made important progress toward building DNAinfo into a successful business, in the end, that progress hasn't been sufficient to support the tremendous effort and expense…” However, although never turning a profit while in operation, DNAinfo, for example, was maintained for years since its founding in 2009. And Gothamist was estimated to generate about $110,000 in monthly revenue. So despite whatever profit or loss, the websites remained in operation and were only shut down 6 days after a National Board of Labor Relations majority vote requiring the ownership to bargain with the workers and their union. Because in reality, while Ricketts and the notice point to business they conceal what the true interest actually is: union-busting. In the months prior to the website shut-down, DNAinfo and Gothamist-network workers, including their journalist teams, were negotiating and discussing unionization. In April 2017, they signed the cards to unionize. After the shut-down, the Writer’s Guild of America East, the association the journalists unionized under, came forward in a statement that the workers were threatened during the negotiations and organizing saying, “It is no secret that threats were made to these workers during the organizing drive.”

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