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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Arrington’

At ‘Black in America’ Screening, Arrington Comments Still Loom Large

At the New York screening of the latest “Black in America” installment last night, CNN host Soledad O’Brien told the audience that the documentary is a head-on look at a topic that usually “makes you squirm.”

O’Brien wasn’t exaggerating. Advanced screenings of “The New Promised Land: Inside Silicon Valley,” which follows eight black entrepreneurs (led by Angela Benton, pictured here with O’Brien) as they attempt to launch technology companies in an industry that is overwhelmingly white and male, have set off a recent media firestorm.

In the middle of it is blogger-turned-investor Michael Arrington, who says in the documentary that he does not know a single black entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. (Arrington claims he was “ambushed”; O’Brien responded last week, saying their interview was “pleasant.”)¬† Read more

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Soledad O’Brien Responds: ‘I didn’t ambush (Michael) Arrington and I don’t think he’s a racist’

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is responding today to TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington who is featured in her upcoming “Black in America” documentary. O’Brien’s response follows a days-long, often heated online debate, over Arrington’s suggestion that he would accept almost any black entrepreneur, regardless of merit.

After Arrington’s comments were played at screenings, the online debate heated up. Then, last Friday, Arrington wrote this post titled, “Oh Shit, I’m A Racist” accusing O’Brien and her producers of not being straightforward, seeking “gotcha moments” and “lying to the people they interviewed.” O’Brien’s response, posted in the Tech section of CNNMoney.com:

But the reality is very different. Our interview was pleasant, not the light-in-the-eyes third degree Arrington is now recounting in his blog. We were at an AOL office with the publicists who negotiated the interview.

In his blog Arrington says CNN “went to great lengths to hide the topic of the interview.” He posts an early e-mail from one of my producers asking him for a general interview about the tech industry. He omits the second e-mail we sent four days before the interview that spells out that the documentary is about a “group of

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