That is a pissed off Michael Arrington. People need to remember that TechCrunch is a full time job. They need some revenue – which in today’s worlds are ads. Due to this there will always be conflicts of interest, tell me one publication which legitimately doesn’t have a conflict of interest. I would take everything with a grain of salt. If you call a guy an asshole, then how the do you expect him to review you or any service/software you release? TechCrunch is a small operation unlike the New York Times. So if you abuse, insult someone, use foul language then the door gets slammed in your face. That’s no way to get a review. This is pure common sense.
If you must criticize do so constructively, as that’s much easier to take. Negative criticism doesn’t get you anywhere. If anything it will only set you backwards.
I actually can’t remember a time when any one publication had so many exclusives on breaking M&A news in a sector. Is there really any surprise that he’s starting to see more drivebys?
That definitely seems to be the case here. As you get more popular, people start finding more dirt to shovel and start making mountains out of mole hills more often.