Scripting News: Comments on Arrington/Gawker.

1. I am a former friend of Mike Arrington. He was also my lawyer before he was a friend.

2. I don’t think what Gawker did was right.

3. An anonymous commenter on TechCrunch said that on any day, any man could be torn apart the way Gawker was trying to tear apart Arrington. I believe that.

4. My fear in speaking was not of reprisal by Arrington, as an Atlantic author assumes it is, I’ve been attacked by him at the height of his power, and am still here to tell the tale. The fear is if I stand up and say something I’ll be the next one Gawker goes after.

5. Mike has done things I don’t support, that I don’t agree with, that anger me, even at times enrage me, but what Gawker has accused him of is one of the worst things you can say about a man. You have to really know that someone is guilty before you make those kinds of charges. I think they know how weak their story is, and it’s appalling that they went ahead with it anyway.

6. Heather Harde’s statement is the strongest possible endorsement he could get, as a woman who commands a lot of respect in Silicon Valley, her support says all that needs to be said. I encourage Mike to back down now, and let her statement be the end of it.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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