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Michael Arrington's fight with AOL over TechCrunch gets animated [Video]

September 7, 2011 |  6:03 pm

Next Media Animation cartoon: Arianna Huffington vs. Tim Armstong vs. Michael Arrington at AOL over TechCrunch and CrunchFund

It was likely bound to happen.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation, the quirky company that makes odd videos of just about any big news story out there, has made a short depicting its take on the fight between Michael Arrington and AOL over the direction of the popular blog TechCrunch.

The dispute, which has been covered at The Times by my colleague Jessica Guynn since last week, centers around Arrington, TechCrunch's founder and co-editor, starting a venture capital fund called the CrunchFund. CrunchFund's biggest investor is AOL.

But AOL's policy is that its journalists can't also be venture capitalists. So Arrington was fired from AOL, which angered TechCrunch writers. And now, as pointed out in the video below, Arrington is threatening to quit a job he's already been fired from.

In the computer-animated video, Arrington wears a green coat and witch's hat and, at times, a choker with an AOL logo on it.

Later in the clip, he gets sprayed with paintballs held by gun-toting journalists calling him out on the ethical problems associated with being both a tech reporter and an tech investor.

Arianna Huffington, who oversees all of AOL's online content and is reportedly the person who decided to fire Arrington last week, appears in the video in flames over her anger at the situation.

Tim Armstrong, AOL's chief executive, is depicted as trying to protect Arrington from Huffington's anger and she kicks and punches the two men.

Yup, nobody tells a story quite like Next Media.


Michael Arrington issues ultimatum to AOL

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AOL says Michael Arrington no longer works at TechCrunch

TechCrunch blogger Mike Arrington starts venture capital fund

-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Top image: A screen shot of a flaming Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of AOL's Huffington Post Media Group; AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong; and a green-cloaked Michael Arrington. Credit: Next Media Animation