TechCrunch co-editor did not want to blog New York Times-Flipboard deal

TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis didn't seem too jazzed about writing up today's news about The New York Times-Flipboard deal. (Salty language follows the jump.)

The item begins:

Fuckers I am so sick of reporting on incremental tech news for fucking two years now, so sick I’m pretty much considering reverting full-time to fashion coverage.

And ends:

Suck it, old media. And please die more slowly from now on, because I (clearly) hate you.

In between there's a quick interview with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, who "was cool enough to answer me," Tsotsis writes. The interview was conducted, she writes, "in between the downing of tonight’s two bottles of wine." There have, as you might expect, been some strong reactions to the piece, starting with a lively comments section (sample: "This post makes me embarrassed to be part of new media") and tweets on Twitter:

Writing for The New York Observer's Beta Beat, Nitasha Tiku tries to figure out why routine news about a digital partnership set Tsotsis' fingers a-flying so.

Is she upset that the New York Times is experimenting with a new way to finance its (actually invaluable) non-lemming news operation? Does she resent the tech blog as press release regurgitation model?

The answer to the last question would appear to be yes.

I emailed Tsotsis and TechCrunch editor Eric Eldon, curious about the internal reaction to the unusual post. Neither was cool enough to answer me.

Tsotsis did tweet this, though:

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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