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Some people have columns that speak positively about a network just to be noticed. Some people hang around the station so bosses can remember them (even if the bosses hate seeing them around). After a while, loyalty can equate to payments, paid publicities, and a stable position.
What if one of these people (X) succumbs to the newfound power and starts to use the new position to lure good-looking boys who want a career? X moves up the ladder and the poor boys are left with no career. (Sometimes, smarter boys are able to go to the other side quickly.) When exposed, denials come from left and right and fights are picked over print or new media technology.
It is just so sad!