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October 31st, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Opinion: O'Brien: Michael Arrington is right (about one thing)

Editor's note: Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O'Brien reports for CNN's documentary series, In America."Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley" airs at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12.

Michael Arrington thinks there should be more effort made to improve diversity in Silicon Valley. I agree. But that important message is being drowned out by a heated online debate.

In July, I interviewed Arrington for my upcoming documentary, "Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley," which chronicles the journey of eight African-American tech entrepreneurs trying to succeed in Silicon Valley.

Arrington founded the influential blog TechCrunch, which since 2005 has covered the tech startup environment. He's also a venture capitalist, helping fund tech entrepreneurs. And he has written previously that he believes Silicon Valley is a meritocracy.

Last week, we held three advance screenings of portions of the documentary. Arrington's comments, featured in those screenings - which very few have seen, including Arrington - sparked some criticism on social media.

Read Soledad O'Brien's commentary

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11:41 AM ET

Engage: Kids of undocumented workers sue over tuition; U.S. neighborhoods diversify

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported, untold stories from undercovered communities.

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