TechCrunch co-editor did not want to blog New York Times-Flipboard deal
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.
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:
— Claire Willett (@clairedwillett) June 25, 2012
@alexia You just made my day with your Flipboard/NYT post. "...worth less than Instagram. Hahahahhaha, lol (drink)." Best. Line. Ever.
— John Schneider (@johnschneider89) June 25, 2012
When you are a jerk and write posts drunk, here's what you get techcrunch.com/2012/06/25/die…
— Laura Hazard Owen (@laurahazardowen) June 25, 2012
Also related to that TechCrunch piece: if you're so sick of reporting on incremental tech news, then don't. Saying nothing has meaning, too.
— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) June 25, 2012
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:
People really don’t like it when females curse.
— Alexia Tsotsis (@alexia) June 25, 2012