Quite suddenly and without warning, DNAInfo sites including Gothamist and LAist were taken offline. In their place, CEO Joe Ricketts wrote this note about how the “progress hasn't been sufficient to support the tremendous effort and expense needed to produce the type of journalism on which the company was founded.” “DNAInfo, Gothamist are being closed a week after they unionized,” Will Sommer tweeted. “DNAInfo and Gothamist have done great, necessary reporting on New York. This is miserable,” Matt Berman added. Gabriella Paiella put it another way: “Years of stories pulled down from both sites, instantly. Ricketts is a scumbag.” “Holy crap they're not even leaving the archives up!?!?? Erin Griffith added.
DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shutting Down, Andy Newman, John Leland confirmed in the New York Times. “Local news not even safe in NYC,” Emily Bell wrote.
Since the archives has been taken offlines, @turtlekiosk @xn9q8h wrote a Gothamist Archive Retrieval Tool which retrieve writers’ clips from the Google AMP caches. While it doesn’t yet work for other -ist sites (like LAish), @turtlekiosk assures they’re “working on it!”
Meanwhile, Peter Sterne made this Google doc of all the DNAist journalists you should hire because Joe Ricketts laid them off.
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Bowe Bergdahl pled guilty to desertion and will receive no jail time, a judge ruled this morning. ABC News reports that he will also get a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank, and partial forfeit of pay.
Outgoing Twitter worker responsible for Trump account outage, AFP reported last night.
Reuters added that Twitter says Trump's account 'inadvertently deactivated' by Twitter employee.
Apple News adds that is was the Twitter employee’s last day on the job when they deactivated Trump’s account.
And AP’s Zeke Miller reports Trump’s Twitter account was restored after a brief interruption.
Other Trump news
President Trump later pressured the Justice Department to investigate “Crooked Hillary,” according to Philip Rucker at the Washington Post. “Trump's ‘DOJ should investigate Hillary!’ talk sure seems to have ramped up since 3 campaign officials were charged,” Mark Berman points out.
Meanwhile, Trump and Sessions Denied Knowing About Russian Contacts. Records Suggest Otherwise, Michael Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo, Scott Shane report in the New York Times.
And there was a lockdown at the White House early Friday morning after reports of "suspicious activity" along the North fence line. It was lifted soon after and U.S. Secret Service tweeted: "Subject is in custody,” according to the AP’s Zeke Miller.
Our sexual harassment problem
Choe Melas at CNN reports that 'House of Cards' employees allege sexual harassment, assault by Kevin Spacey.
“I wrote about navigating the exhausting gray area that’s not quite harassment, but still not ok,” Lizzie O'Leary tweets of her post in The Cut. “It's stuff like this that makes me go out of my way to reach out to younger women in media. you should have support,” Sarah Jaffe tweeted. Jason Cherkis called it “A powerful essay on the not-so-gray-areas of sexual harassment. Should be read every year in freshman comm classes.”
Companies in trouble
Amazon is shutting down its Fresh grocery delivery service in parts of 5 states, according to Jason Del Rey at ReCode. Sucharita Mulpuru tweeted: “For everyone who said it’s the end of grocery, just a reminder that Amazon has had a tough go with Fresh.”
“Disney doesn't like LAT coverage of its business deals, so it refuses to give advance screeners for review,” Taylor Kate Brown tweeted. The LA Times addressed their Disney blackout and Brett Murphy commented: “The LA Times reported on Disney's weird deals in Anaheim. So Disney wouldn't let a Times critic see the new Thor.” “So, hey, this is really gross and petty on TWDC's part,” Josh Spiegel added.
Matt Young writes at the Houston Chronicle about Jose Altuve appearing on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon “a day after helping the Astros win the first World Series title in franchise history.”
Finally, Samantha Brodsky at WLKY has the very sad but sweet tale of a 9-year-old cancer patient asking for holiday cards to celebrate his 'last Christmas early.’ “Please send a Christmas card to Jacob Thompson today: C/O Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall St Portland, ME 04102,” Julie Banderas urged. “I thought I'd done more than enough crying this week to last me for a spell, but...well, read this and weep,” Terry Teachout wrote.