I know I have some pretty stupid critics out there, but this may be the stupidest thing I’ve ever been accused of. See this email from Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed. Bless her heart, she’s having track down people and ask them if they are getting paid to say awesome stuff about Uber.Anyone who has ever used the service says awesome things about Uber. But read this nonsense:
RE: question from a BuzzFeed reporter
Hi Erick,I’m a reporter for BuzzFeed. I have heard that you, plus some other writers, had a deal with Uber in which you wrote or tweeted favorable things about the company in exchange for money. In your case, I’m told that the money went through Eagle Publishing. I went back and saw numerous tweets from you: https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/318886360926810112 (what’s the promotional deal referred to in this one?) https://twitter.com/EWErickson/statuses/321071127952781314https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/290214682827046912https://twitter.com/EWErickson/statuses/342493234506915841Did any money change hands for these, either directly or indirectly coming from Uber? If so, how much? If this was going on, why didn’t you disclose the financial relationship? Thanks Erick — I look forward to your responses. You can also call me at ***-***-**** if that’s more convenient. best,
Exposing pay to play among conservatives is kind of BuzzFeed’s thing. They’re pretty uninterested in foreign, brutal regimes paying off leftists, but they love to drum up stories about conservatives getting paid. So this is kind of a natural thing to approach BuzzFeed with.But seriously?I’m an Über user. Every Uber user gets a promo code in their usual area when Uber comes in. Uber came into Atlanta and, having been a long time DC Uber user, you are damn right I was going to promote the service to make sure they get Atlanta hooked and stay.But as I told Rosie, no I’ve never gotten a penny from Uber directly or indirectly. Hell, I never even used the Uber promo code I tweeted out for people to use. I use Uber in Washington, New York, Atlanta, and even used them in Chicago on a recent trip. Uber is routinely attacked by taxi monopolies and regulators who hate creative capitalist endeavors. Of course I’m going to say nice things about such an awesome service.Go check out the twitter feeds of various members of Congress who also love Uber and routinely help them against the DC Commission.I guess I should have written a listicle titled “13 Most Depressing Aspects of Taking a Taxi” then BuzzFeed would understand.Good grief.By the way, I just found this in my email:
Summer is winding down, but we’re not ready to let it go quite yet. While we can’t take you on a surf trip around the world, we can make it easier (and cheaper) to squeeze some delicious drinks, eats, and fun into these warm waning days right here in NYC. This weekend, take FREE uberX rides* to, from, or between neighborhoods in Brooklyn. We’ve partnered with over 40 of our favorite local BK businesses, who will be dishing out awesome deals just for uberX riders. While exploring the borough, snap shots of your exploits and share with #BKLOVESuberX.
Use promo code:
for a free uberX round trip to, from, OR within Brooklyn*
OMG I must be getting bribed!!!!