Okay, so I thought Mike Arrington of TechCrunch had decided to take some time off to ski and hang out at his parents’ place in upstate Washington, as he described on his personal blog last month. So then who is that doing all the flaming in the comments section at TechCrunch under the name “Mike Arrington?”

As Nick Denton at Valleywag points out, the discussion of the New York Times adding social-bookmarking links to its stories — which TechCrunch described as “surrendering” to social news — degenerates into some name-calling by Mike about news consultant Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine and Rafat Ali of PaidContent, amid what appears to be some deep-seated anger at the Times (likely in part because of this).


First, Mike takes a shot at Dave Winer, saying he only supports the NYT because they adopted RSS early on (which Dave admitted in his comment). Then he says that TechCrunch is “an occasional (but always unlinked-to) source of breaking news to the NYT” and calls the newspaper an “ethically-bankrupt institution.” After a relatively mild response from Dave, Mike then says that he, Rafat and Jarvis “are sucking up to them to further your own agendas” and that this “has resulted in outright fabrications” by Rafat and Jarvis.

Then he closed the comments. Mike, I think you should hit the slopes, dude.


Rafat posts a comment at Valleywag saying he has no clue what Mike is talking about.

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9 Responses to “Hey Mike — chill out, dude”
  1. Hey Mike — chill out, dude via Mathew Ingram: mathewingram.com/work December 12th, 2006 at 02:40

  2. […] Hey Mike — chill out, dude » Mathew Ingram: mathewingram.com/work […]

  3. It’s a “cultural” thing.

    Arrington is a lawyer/VC guy. The other three are various types of media/marketing people. What Arrington keeps doing is “trash-talking” in situations where a lawyer/VC would find it appropriate, and the others basically keep saying to him, hey, cool it, not here, that stuff is for the posturing, not the dealmaking.

  4. It’s particularly funny hearing Mike talk about agendas and conflict of interests, while he brags that TechCrunch is all about conflict of interests.

  5. […] Link: Mike Arrington is looking set to become the Dave Chappelle of tech blogging. You read it here first. Have you seen the state of him recently? […]

  6. […] : See also Michael Ingram’s post and Valleywag’s coverage of the latest Arrington meltown here and here. I’m glad Denton et al drew my attention to Arrington’s snitfit. I wouldn’t have noticed it otherwise. I stopped reading TechCrunch long ago. My loss, missing scoops like “Talkster Launches Presence-Based Service For The Enterprise” and “Jott to Convert Cell Phone Calls to Text” and “Add Text Bubbles To Videos” and “Wordie Is Like Flickr Without The Photos” and “Web App Provides Virtual Fitness Support.” Web 2.0 is so, well, 1.0. […]

  7. […] somebody who once allegedly called the New York Times an “ethically-bankrupt institution,” I find this situation sadly […]

  8. Well I think it's a nice story. Ski resorts will make you relax and take off your problem, skiing will help you release your problems and tensions. By the way I love the bird you've got it from twitter right?

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