Opinions are running hot over disclosure issues and the implications of the launch of venture capital company CrunchFund by Michael Arrington, the (former?) editor of TechCrunch. David Carr wrote in the New York Times that “the idea of a news site that covers every aspect of nascent tech companies sharing a brand name and founder with a venture capital firm financing these same companies seems almost comically over the line.”
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TechCrunch’s Paul Carr responds with a staunch defence of the site’s ethics and explaining that its writers “edit and publish their own stories.” “I have never, ever known Mike to tell even the most junior writer what line to take on a story.” Meanwhile, fellow writer MG Siegler fears for the future of TechCrunch should owner AOL “throw out” Arrington.