No, I Will Not Write About Your Client on TechCrunch for $500 or Any Amount of Money

Every once in a while, I receive an email that makes me say “WTF” and “EWWWWWW” at the same f**king time. Today, I received one of those emails from Sarah H., a PR freelancer who tried to LITERALLY BRIBE ME to write about her clients on TechCrunch for a few hundred bucks.

Here, read for yourself:

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As a career journalist and a human being with morals, this email made my skin crawl. Seriously, this is NOT ok, Sarah H. This is the kind of stupid shit that gives real PR professionals a bad name. It’s completely immoral and unconscionable to bribe reporters and columnists to write about clients. It should make you want to vomit, Sarah H. It certainly made me want to.

Sadly, this is not the first time, or second or third time, that somebody has tried to pay me to write about their company. It happened a few times while I was at Mashable. Luckily, the journalists and contributors I know would never say yes to somebody like you, Sarah H. They have too much integrity.

So no, Sarah H., PR freelancer, I will not write about your client for $500 or any amount of money. Please take a vacation and heavily reconsider how you conduct your business.