Yesterday, after Arrington spent the weekend bitching on twitter about having a Wired “burning party”, Schiffman again blogged her concerns (it’s worth noting that she added nothing in the way of developing her argument). Clearly pissed, Arrington posted a rebuttal, basically outlining that he does have a few modest investments, but that he and TechCrunch take their credibility seriously. MikeA also makes the point that surely Wired is put out by the WashPo/TC deal, and is looking to sour it – so what about their own journalistic conflicts of interest, huh?
I think Arrington has a point, but I also think he was wrong in reacting with such “Tourettes-like” vitriol. Yeah, maybe Wired are jealous of TC’s meteoric rise and the recent deal, but the response suggested a raw nerve.
Schiffman’s post was a cheap shot. For sure. But Arrington must realise that bitchiness is everywhere in the media, and that newspapers have been doing this for years. He needs to be more thick-skinned and not bite, as more shots at TC are guaranteed if it continues to gain eyeballs.