This may sound a little defensive, but hell, it's my blog.
You may read a post on G.D. Gearino's blog about a question I was asked in the Raleigh newsroom last week. (Thankfully, the Romenesko link was busted when I tried, but I suppose it will get fixed).
Some of what he writes is actually true. He quoted "several different N&O journalists who attended the meeting, and their accounts all matched up" and he's right about the fact that Joe Neff asked, in the context of expense cuts, why I had stayed at the Umstead, which he described as "one of North Carolina's most expense resorts and spas."
I told Joe I'd paid $210 a night. In a follow-up email, I also mentioned that I had checked prices before coming to Raleigh, and the downtown Sheraton where I usually stay quoted us $179. Since I spent most of the day at McClatchy Interactive, which has offices closer to the Umstead, I'd have spent more than the difference on cab fare traveling back and forth from downtown.
I stay at hotels with negotiated rates approved for use by all traveling McClatchy employees by our Shared Services division. (I'm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Washington as I write this).
Gearino ends with a cheap shot: "Cost-cutting is only for the little people." You know better than this, Dan. Why didn't you ask me?