Last week Techcrunch founder Michael Arrington raised eyebrows when he said he never met a single Black entrepreneur.
The words angered many in the African American technology community.
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But a writer is now saying that CNN Networks and their Black In America 4 edition “sandbagged” Arrington, and claims that he is not a racist.
Michael Arrington was sandbagged by CNN. Arrington, founder and former editor of TechCrunch, and now running his own venture capital fund aptly dubbed CrunchFund, has been accused of being racist — a completely ridiculous accusation.
Arrington sat down with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien back in July, for a documentary scheduled to air in November.
According to the email sent by CNN to Arrington, which has been posted on his blog, Arrington was asked to participate in a documentary about the “Silicon Valley accelerator phenomenon and start-up culture.”
The email went on to say, “This particular documentary will be told through the experience of a group of digital entrepreneurs who travel to Silicon Valley to chase their dreams.” The email from CNN also called Arrington “GOD” of Silicon Valley, and TechCrunch “the Bible.” The email never stated that the real topic of the interview was the lack of minorities in Silicon Valley.