TechCrunch’s Biased and Passive Aggressive Interview With RIM at #CES2012

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If you’re watching some of the CES 2012 coverage, you may have tuned in to TechCrunch’s visit to BlackBerry’s booth. Andrew Keen and Jordan Crook spent a lot of time talking about BlackBerry’s presence at CES 2012, saying the booth was really small. Once they arrive at the booth, the interview starts with Andrew Keen smugly saying “we’re from a website called TechCrunch, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it.” The implication, I guess, is that RIM doesn’t doesn’t read tech news, but Andrew doesn’t realize he’s talking to Alex Kinsella who works on RIM’s social media team and can be seen commenting on TechCrunch nearly every day.

Keen follows up with “is anybody buying a BlackBerry?” which is a dumb question considering RIM has 75 million subscribers – an increase quarter over quarter. The interview is just nothing but cringe worthy and makes both Keen and Crook come across as immature. Keen goes on to ask “tell me what’s good about BlackBerry, what’s new?”. After Alex goes on to talk about PlayBook OS 2 and the updates in terms of BlackBerry Balance, native PIM apps and the unified inbox, Keen simply responds with “I already have a unified inbox” and obviously isn’t listening. The interview is cut short as the camera is apparently running out of memory, but it just seemed like a good time to duck out after grilling a RIM employee with insults under the guise of questions.


Skip to the 40:00 mark for BlackBerry

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  • ignites

    these guys have no class

  • Guest

    He looked like he was drunk LOL. I mean he made a complete ass of himself and the site. I’m so sick of people judging something without even bothering to get to know what they are talking about. Just looks bad for a decent site to have someone like that look like a complete ass……so much for professionalism these days I guess.

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    The guy doing the interview does start off by being confused as the difference between an iphone and an apple. It really had no chance.

  • Kanigirlie

    jerks

  • Javier Enrique

    wow, techcrunch is dead  they were either high or drunk or both  wow……!! 

  • http://twitter.com/mikelcal Mikel Calderon

    O M G !!?? #FacePalm #RageQuit These guys just made my blood boil.

  • http://twitter.com/mikelcal Mikel Calderon

    O M G !!?? #FacePalm #RageQuit These guys just made my blood boil.

  • Anonymous

    News Flash :

    @BGR – Techcrunch execs drunk at CES, get roudy, need to be subdued, knaw through restraints, blame RIM.

  • Anonymous

    News Flash :

    @BGR – Techcrunch execs drunk at CES, get roudy, need to be subdued, knaw through restraints, blame RIM.

  • Kingbernie06511

    keep is mind though that RIM has no new hardware to show at the biggest NA gadget show….

  • Kingbernie06511

    no real point in RIM being there with a 1y old tablet and phones running 1y old cpu with no front camera…

  • http://papogp.com Diego Nei

    So they made fools of themselves with unnecessary bashing and terrible, unprofessional manners?

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    “I have an Apple” was a great quote. 

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    What’s clear after having watched the clip a few times is that Andrew is blackout drunk.

  • http://twitter.com/DeepBlade Kelvin Ng

    There’s a front camera on the PB

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Hardware is boring anyways and nobody really cares about specs if hardware works as advertised. Software is what’s cool and RIM has something the competitors don’t have: BlackBerry Balance.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Correct.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    True.

  • hockey88

    Asking a dumb question as to whether anyone is buying BlackBerry is like asking if TechCrunch’s parent and owner AOL is still relevant?

  • Guest

    keen was drunk.

  • http://top-sunglasses.org/ Oakleys

    XQSLOHHKDFJ I like it very much!

  • Anonymous

    good thing i wasn’t standing around at the time i would have taken that drunk’in fool/idiot down, Alex showed a lot of class.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Also worth mentioning that they spend a lot of time talking about how pathetic the BlackBerry Booth is but fail to point out the GIANT showcase area they booked. Video of it here:
    http://youtu.be/HtG5Ha-v6Kc

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Also worth mentioning that they spend a lot of time talking about how pathetic the BlackBerry Booth is but fail to point out the GIANT showcase area they booked. Video of it here:
    http://youtu.be/HtG5Ha-v6Kc

  • k

    Well, TechCrunch has become an ordinary news channel — just following the mainstream media and not thinking a bit out of the box. Can’t really blame them, but it is still disappointing. May be that’s the reason why I don’t read it anymore — since a couple of years.

  • http://www.chaosm.net matt

    Arianna should fire Andrew Keen immediately. That was just ridiculous.

  • Mickey

    Wow. It’s been a few days since I read this, and I’m still disgusted. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen somebody act with such low class. And that’s what kind of people use Apple products? Figures.

  • sage rat

    If you watch the entire clip (which is hard to do) Andrew Keen, Jordan Crook, and the other “reporter” representing Tech Crunch all have a drink in hand the entire 42 minutes. Couldn’t they even set it down while they are on camera?? I couldn’t care less if they have a drink there, but drunken interviews are way beyond unprofessional. 

    I especially like how they gave softball interviews to somewhat lame products and then go to the RIM booth with the intent of doing a hit job. Andrew was just rude, arrogant, and repetitive. Jordan joined in the stupidity with pulling out the iPhones, pointing at them and saying “My iPhone will do that.”, without even comprehending what Alex was talking about…  how boorish. 

    If Tech Crunch’s goal was to alienate every BlackBerry user on earth, well then, CONGRATULATIONS! P.S. Jordan: No self respecting cowgirl would be caught dead (or even drunk) in that hat…save it for your New York “Dress-up Day”. Grow up girl.