August 14, 2017 Last Updated 8:23 am

Go Daddy, Anonymous target neo-Nazi and far right websites in aftermath of Charlottesville

Morning Brief: Alaska’s largest daily newspaper, once owned by The McClatchy Company, files for bankruptcy, but new ownership group comes forward to rescue the paper

Charlottesville has become more than simply the name of a town, the home of the University of Virginia. It has become a word, a calling, for those who want to see the rise of the far-right stopped, for a purging of white nationalists from the Trump administration, and a return to a more civil society.

This morning Go Daddy tweeted that it had informed the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer that they had 24 hours to find a new host provider as they are being kicked off their servers.

The action comes after the site posted a story which called Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer, the woman run down by a Ohio white supremacist, “a fat, childless 32-year-old slut.”

In response, the site appeared to also be taken over by the hacking group Anonymous, though Anonymous denies the hack, or at least cautions that it might not have been them. The group, however, is taking credit for taking down (though the site appears to be online this morning), a site associated with Richard Spencer, as well as the Charlottesville city website through a DDoS attack (that site remains down).

The Washington Post, Katie Mettier:

GoDaddy bans neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging woman killed at Charlottesville rally

After months of criticism that GoDaddy was providing a platform for hate speech, the Web hosting company announced late Sunday that it will no longer house the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that promotes white supremacist and white nationalist ideas.

GoDaddy said in a tweet that Daily Stormer had been told it had 24 hours to move its website domain to another provider because it had “violated” the Web host’s “terms of service.”

International Business Times, India Ashok:

Anonymous shuts down Charlottesville city website with DDoS attack

The DDoS attack, launched under a new banner, dubbed #OpDomesticTerrorism, was allegedly launched to protest the hit and run incident, which involved a group of activists protesting a white supremacist rally. Police have since arrested the driver of the car, 20-year-old James Fields, who has been “charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death.”

HackRead reported that a user operating a prominent Anonymous Twitter account, going by the handle @YourAnonGlobal, claimed that the DDoS attack against the Charlottesville city website was carried out by the New World Hackers (NWH), a counterpart of the Anonymous hacktivist collective.

“At the time we saw the police were not so helpful, they left the people to die which forced us to targeted the Charlottesville website to give them a message.” One of the members of NWH told HackRead. “New World Hackers are back, and we are delivering our own version of justice to the KKK, and government, in which ever way we please.”

The president’s words following the violence in Charlottesville have been mostly panned, with even the Rupert Murdoch tabloid NY Post editorializing against this weak reaction to the incident.

But the president’s failure to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis that organized and attended the rally in Charlottesville was seen immediately by those on the far-right as a wink and a nod in their direction.

“He said he loves us all,” said Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer. “Also refused to answer a question about white nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”

NYC papers were quick to write editorials this weekend condemning the violence and the president’s reaction to it. A search of other daily papers this morning, shows far less reaction. Still, many editorial boards simply do not work on the weekends and so it will be interesting to see if Tuesday brings more editorials on Charlottesville and the president.

NY Post, Editorial:

Trump badly missed the mark on Charlottesville

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.” Such was President Trump’s statement Saturday on the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Really: That was it.

Yet “many sides” didn’t drive a car into a crowd, an evident act of terrorism that killed Heather Heyer, 32, and hospitalized many more, with some still in critical condition.

It shouldn’t be that hard to summon up a few Trumpian terms like “losers” and “really, really bad people” to describe the hundreds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white supremacists and the like who descended on the college town — not after one of them has killed an innocent.

The New York Times, Editorial:

The Hate He Dares Not Speak Of

Mr. Trump is alone in modern presidential history in his willingness to summon demons of bigotry and intolerance in service to himself. He began his political career on a lie about President Barack Obama’s citizenship and has failed to firmly condemn the words and deeds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan leaders and other bigots who rallied behind him. A number of these people, including David Duke, the former Klan imperial wizard, and Richard Spencer, self-styled theorist of the alt-right, were part of the amen chorus of bigots in Charlottesville.

“We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump,” said Mr. Duke, whose support Mr. Trump has only reluctantly disavowed in the past. “That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.”

Tomorrow Alabama goes to the polls in a primary to see who will get the Republican nomination. Three candidates are vying for the nomination by seeing how far to the right they can go.

Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, remains an advocate for merging religion with the state. Luther Strange, appointed back in February to fill the Senate seat of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has the backing of Donald Trump. And Rep. Mo Brooks, who claims he is the true Trump supporter and that none of his opponents are conservative enough to deserve the seat.

The Democrats, too, are holding a primary contest, though it is a beauty contest only as no one believes a Democrat can win a statewide election in Alabama.

The Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Saturday, and new ownership gained control of the paper.

The situation at the paper accelerated late last week when GCI Communications, which also owns the local CBS affiliate KTVA-11, filed eviction papers in Superior Court against the newspaper and its owner, Alice Rogoff. The company had bought the building housing the newspaper and was charging the paper rent. According to the filing, the newspaper was $1.4 million in arrears to GCI.

The Alaska Dispatch News was founded shortly after World War II as the Anchorage News. It went daily a couple years later, and became the Anchorage Daily News. In 1979 the paper was acquired by The McClatchy Company. But in 2014 the Alaska Dispatch bought the paper for $34 million.

Things apparently went downhill from there.

Daily News-Minor, Amanda Bohman:

Fairbanksans in deal to buy Anchorage newspaper

Ryan Binkley, Wade Binkley, James Binkley and Kai Binkley Sims, all of Fairbanks, have formed a partnership with Jason Evans, who owns three newspapers in rural Alaska, to purchase the Anchorage-based Alaska Dispatch News.

Ryan Binkley, reached Sunday in Anchorage, said it’s the Binkley siblings’ “first move into the media world.”

They unsuccessfully bid to buy the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner when it went up for sale a few years ago, he said.

The Dispatch is in a “dire financial situation,” Binkley said, and the investment group is lending money to keep the newspaper afloat while the bankruptcy process proceeds.

Alaska Dispatch News, Ryan Binkley and Jason Evans:

A message from the new publishers of Alaska Dispatch News

This weekend we made a bold first step to ensure the future of the Alaska Dispatch News going forward. At the same time the paper has filed for bankruptcy protection, we’ve entered an agreement to purchase the ADN and immediately take control of the operations of the paper, beginning Sunday…

…Newspapers across the country are in distress and operating independently in remote Alaska adds to the challenge. We will be working with the talented and dedicated team here at the company, building a winning organization.

The ADN can’t be allowed to go away. It’s too important to the city of Anchorage and to the State of Alaska. Alaska deserves and needs a robust and healthy paper of record as much as it needs any other public utility or infrastructure, particularly in these uncertain times. We grew up reading the ADN and our actions are intended to ensure that our grandchildren can do the same.

Finally, this from Robert Sacks, otherwise known as Bo Sacks.

Sacks moved to Charlottesville five years ago from update New York, and today in his email newsletter wrote about his thoughts following the rally, violence and death in his now hometown., Robert Sacks:

On Charlottesville, Nazis, Trump, Hate and Love

I have lived in many places both urban and rural. Charlottesville suits Carol and me, and we love living here. It is a thoughtful, lovely community rich in multiculturalism, arts, music, history and natural beauty. I enjoy living here more than anywhere else I have lived.

Yesterday that peace was temporally blown-up. We were invaded by self-proclaimed Nazis. They came here to disrupt a peaceful community and do as much harm as they could. They came with hate, helmets, shields and weapons. They came to “kill” our unity and ended up killing one of our citizens and grievously wounding dozens of others.

They succeeded in their mission far beyond their expectations. How so? They were endorsed by the President of the United States as co-equals. The Nazis were grossly and intentionally conflated with the peaceful defenders of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all by an ignoramus. I could go into writing pages of my outrage for the infant-king we are now saddled with. I could dissect his every infantile move of the last two years leading up to the recent, but sadly not the last, disgrace. But I won’t.

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