I’m guessing the unusual controversy aversion is related to speculation that AOL is in talks to acquire TechCrunch
TechCrunch’s readers have taken Mr. Arrington to task for what they believe is his softening stance on his original reporting. Initially, he called the meeting “collusion and price fixing,” adding: “This isn’t minor league stuff. We’re talking about federal crimes and civil prosecutions if in fact that’s what they’re doing.”
But as the conference approached, and after basking in the firestorm he had created (and perhaps complaints from the angel investors who he has described as his friends), Mr. Arrington seemed to switch gears in a post Friday, praising angel investors as “the grease that let so many young startups go from being an idea to something more.
“The fact that some of them may or may not have had discussions that may or may not have been inappropriate is, in the end, a side note,” he wrote.