Robert Scoble was asked to attend PodcampNY, and quite rightly asked if travel expenses were an option. Not demanded. Not asked for an appearance fee. If it was a possibility.
Apparently this was too much for one of the organisers, who drops it onto his blog with comments that this was all too much...
Robert posts it on his blog and the fun begins.
The commentary on the organisers blog is quite good, he's not going to be living this down for a while. Especially since he still hasn't apologised.