Update: Five days after making this video, I e-mailed some simple fact-checking questions to a certain jewelry company—*ahem, little blue box, ahem.* The publicist refused to help because I wouldn't tell her what other companies would be in the story. Let me just say that again: The publicist would prefer to have the information be inaccurate than cooperate with a reporter who, reasonably, doesn't want to tip her hand about an as-yet-unpublished story. You can't make this stuff up.
It seems the first installment of Adventures in Freelancing struck a nerve, at least with writers. Here's the second installment. And to my friends who happen to be publicists, trust me, this is absolutely not about you. XO