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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Arrington to Join TMZ

TechCrunch founder to join paparazzi site after groundbreaking MySpace interview hits the Web. An eSarcasm exclusive.

By (@JRRaphael)

April 15, 2010

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

Michael Arrington Dani Dudeck InterviewFollowing his paparazzo-style interrogation highly ethical and journalistic video interview of MySpace VP Dani Dudeck, Michael Arrington is joining the staff of TMZ, eSarcasm has learned.

TMZ Managing Editor Harvey Levin reportedly saw Arrington’s video clip and was blown away by his brazen and tactless techniques.

“The guy’s a natural!” Levin says. “It’s as if I trained him myself.”

The clip, posted to Arrington’s TechCrunch blog Wednesday and soon to be streamed at, shows Arrington attempting to interview Dudeck against her will. Dudeck had apparently gone to the TechCrunch offices to brief the staff on an upcoming product launch. After she declined Arrington’s request to go into his studio and tape an on-camera interview, Arrington whipped out a camera and accosted her with questions on subjects she clearly couldn’t discuss.

“You have to answer the questions,” Arrington tells his visibly unwilling subject. “If you don’t, you’ll look really dumb on the video. Just answer the questions!”

“Did you see how uncomfortable she was? And how that only seemed to egg Arrington on more?” TMZ’s Levin points out. “If you close your eyes, he could have been shouting at Lindsay Lohan as she walked out of Starbucks. God, it was beautiful!”
Michael Arrington TMZ
Levin plans to send Arrington on high-profile gossip-hunts as early as next week. He expects the blogger-turned-stalker’s brash style to usher in a new level of sleaziness for the popular publication.

“Just wait till you see this guy at the next ‘Twilight’ premiere,” Levin tells eSarcasm. “He’s gonna be at the front of the pack, pressing Pattinson for details about his sex life and then reporting all the unconfirmed rumors as fact. This kind of talent comes along once in a lifetime!”

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