Leo Laporte throws Michael Arrington off the Gillmor Gang
Leo Laporte blew up at Michael Arrington and cut him (and the rest of the gang) off the set of the Gillmor Gang - Leo Laporte and "Friends" no longer. Leo Laporte called out Mike Arrington of TechCrunch after he implied that his opinion of the Pre was effected by the fact he had a free review unit. Of course if you call someone a "troll"... expect a Keyboard Cat to be close behind.
Laporte, Arrington and the Keyboard Cat
It was inevitable as soon as Leo Laporte threw Michael Arrington off the set that the Keyboard Cat would make an appearance. According to SCAN both videos are being passed around today on twitter. To save you the time, here they are in all their glory:
As an update to the story, Michael Arrington responded to the incident on the TechCrunch blog and gave a bit of background to his reasons for asking about the access to the Palm Pre. Also offering an apology for his remarks:
I ask Leo whether he bought the Pre or got it free and in advance of the launch, which I think is relevant because Palm is being very picky about who they give them out to. We were promised one but it wasn’t delivered. We suspect our critical coverage may be the reason (...)
(...) I’m sad that my professional relationship with Leo is apparently over. I apologize to you, Leo. I didn’t mean to imply that you were being unethical. I just think that, given the story that’s brewing about favoritism at Palm, it was important to disclose whether you paid for that Pre, and/or got it in advance.