I have no interest in defending the Times or Rudin. I do like to defend facts over conjecture sometimes. Unless you know something I don't, you do not know why the story never ran, and it is at least plausible that they could not get anyone to provide the information in a way that met their journalistic standards. (Something I assume you don't advocate abandoning.) If, as you say, directors are implicated (and I don't doubt that), then your indictment might properly be leveled against "the system" that chills coming forward, something that might speak more to the power of the putative harassers than the producers. Finally, while Rudin making a phone call may not be "discountable," I assume your deep knowledge of the Times "history" also includes an awareness that Isherwood got canned because of Rudin's (somewhat successful) effort to influence him, which I think you will have to agree is not a part of this "history of caving to Broadway money" that you mention and support merely with the above-described questionable example. If you have any facts to share, I hope you know that I will hear them eagerly.