Ah, the power of the internets. I send R.E. Graswich an email with questions, he responds!
Here's Graswich's email in full:
The emphasis is mine. Thanks again to R.E. for answering my questions.
My personal feeling is still that if the Bee is going to pursue this story (which they kind of have to now), they should probably take it out of a three-dot columnist's hands. My opinion.