Some thoughts on @Danielbru's screw up & @arrington's response

Michael Arrington handles every publisher/editor's worst nightmare–an editor extorting subjects for coverage–professionally and with complete transparently. Well done to Mike. The horrible part of this story is that the editor who was asking for a MacBook Air for a post on TechCrunch (it seems more than once, and at least once with an actual computer being given) was a loved 17-year old people considered a prodigy in the publishing space.

Young people make mistakes and this is a non-trivial one. This will follow Daniel for a long time, and I hope that his parents, friends and co-workers spend a lot of time discussing this issue with him in the coming days, weeks and months.

Finally, although this is a very serious issue, there are many worse things that young people have done. There are teens arrested every month for committing violent crimes like assault, rape and even murder.

I'm grateful to the TechCrunch staff for handling this professionally and with dignity, and I hope that Daniel immediately apologizes and gets some counseling. His first apology, titled "the line was crossed" doesn't scream of complete ownership–in fact it has a plug for his "teens in tech" conference in it. You extorted people, you didn't cross a line Daniel. There is a huge difference between making a mistake or crossing a line and pre-meditated, and in fact illegal, acts like this. I fear Daniel doesn't actually realize the gravity of what he did just yet, or he wouldn't be promoting his conference and not coming completely clean about what exactly happened and why he did what he did. 

I'm certain he will, at some point soon, understand how serious this is.

5 thoughts on “Some thoughts on @Danielbru's screw up & @arrington's response

  1. What about Mike removing all of Daniel’s posts on Techcrunch? Some are saying that breaks FTC rules. Why not put up a disclaimer instead of destroying all evidence and wishing it would go away?

    For a tech news site there’s way too much drama going on. The CrunchPad and now this. The common dominator in all of this is Mike himself.

    It’s going to be hard to trust future info from

  2. Double your money and make it stack …

    Unfortunately it’s not just young people who do stuff like this.
    I’ve seen it a few times and they don’t seem to learn, they just move on to the next one.
    This may not be the case here because it’s very public.
    But they move on to another industry.

    Techcrunch handled this very good.
    They removed the companies who are into this BS.
    It’s not 100% transparancy when you don’t reveal their names.
    But it wouldn’t be fair to the founders of those comps.
    Let’s save that conversation for Twist.

    On to the next one.

  3. Sorry Jason I disagree its a larger symptom of a culture of lying and denial within the tech and startup industries..

    Transparency in exposing an extortion is to out both parties to that extortion not just

    We cannot rescue a country out of recession if the startups and coverage is base don circle jerk moves rather than transparency and honesty..because its that truth currency that allows consumers etc to spend again thus triggering a recovery.

  4. People are people … all of us make mistakes, and all of us do things that are wrong.

    But Michael has done the right thing here … and that’s the key:
    setting up systems so that when the inevitable happens, there are ways to track
    and identify and resolve issues.

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