I think it's sad the "newspaper report" analogy he mentioned. If you were a reporter and had your friends call you advertisers mentioning the pieces you wrote, with fake intent to purchase that would be fraud.
It wouldn't be fair to the advertiser who believe in good faith in the quality of your product.
Google saw that the side wasn't providing quality and removed it.
Also I thought the 1 cent clicks for sailing was a bit suspicious. I would think that niche would definitely have a higher cpc.