Joe Ricketts, the zealously right-wing Cubs-owning billionaire, pulled one helluva a dirty trick last week. Rather than working with the recently unionized editorial staff at the sites he owned, Gothamist and DNAInfo, Ricketts simply closed them, firing 115 employees in the process.
Not only that, he essentially wiped the servers, erasing writers’ work in the process, a move that editor Max Read described as “vindictive.” It’s more than that: it’s downright despicable. Is this what Trump and his fellow conservatives in mind when they tout “trickle down economics”? Probably.
UPDATE: Ricketts has now put the old content back up; the site’s still shuttered, though.