Doug Clark had a couple of questions when I filed this week's newspaper column: Why did I not use the name of Jeff Hyde's ally, and how important was it to include the URLs of the blogs mentioned?
My answers: Although the name is public and easy to find on blogs, including this one, it's not of great importance to this analysis of the story, the guy's not running for office, and leaving it out it seemed a simple kindness to the family; I told Doug I'd discussed this with a trusted adviser (thanks, Mom) and it seemed worth the clunky prose. The web addresses, I conceded, look terrible in print -- even moreso on the new, narrower pages -- but I think linking out is just the way we journalism now.
Thanks to Doug for listening. This concludes today's tour of the sausage factory. You can read the column -- it's about the contest within the Guilford County Republican Party and its echoes of national politics -- after the jump.