"Well, exactly what is it you want to know?"
I consulted my notes. "First thing, can you please tell me your total budget, your salary and the salary of every writer on your staff?"
"Also the salaries of your rim men, correspondents and copy boys?"
"...We consider that confidential."
"But it's of great interest to the public. I'm checking out rumors that Miami sportswriters' pay is the lowest in the league, next to Denver."
"We don't give out that information."
"But," I argued, "pay has a direct bearing on product. Can you at least tell me how much expense money you give your photographers when they cover Dolphin games out of town?"
"We don't send photographers on Dolphin road trips."
"Oh," I said. "Cheapskates," I wrote in my notebook. "Let's get off finances," I suggested. "Can you tell me why last Sunday you elected to run an eight-column 72-point italic head on your strip story instead of a 72-point Bodoni italic?"