You can continue to believe that there's some super secret sneakiness going on if you want to, but there's really nothing to support it.
You're making some pretty strong assumptions and the only point I've been illustrating is nobody knows anything except what JR wants them to know.
I have a hard time understanding why you're so intent on everything being public knowledge, when in reality there is more talking, texting and phone calls going on than you think. Just because every little tidbit isn't out there on some internet message board doesn't mean it's not happening. The ostrich taught us that.
My better half is a COO running a multi-million dollar corporation and has been contacted over the past 12 years by a few dozen companies desiring her leadership. She's declined interviews out of hand and accepted others. But she hasn't necessarily reported every interview she declined to the Board of Directors or anyone else outside of myself for that matter. What purpose does that serve, besides making it appear as though 1) you either don't like it here and you're looking elsewhere or 2) you're trying to wrangle a new contract.
I understand there's probably a world of difference in the 2, but business is business and most savvy business people don't publicly discuss every move they make.