September 27, 2004
I am fascinated by the way big corporations work.
Don't get me wrong--- I am all for Big Business and free enterprise, because that is the engine that really runs the US economy. These "evil" businesses create jobs and generate wealth. (Yes. Even Haliburton.) Everybody, including the thieving tax-grabbers in Washington, benefits when a business does well. I don't know why we seem bound and determined to tear them down.
I also do not understand why most of the real grief that comes from corproate "downsizing" or "reorganization" falls on the heads of the proles, while the high-up muckety-mucks, who FUCKED UP the business to begin with sail away under a golden parachute.
You read about it all the time. Yeah, the highly paid CEO ran his company right into the ground, cost 3,000 people their jobs and was fired for that mistake. He walked away with his shoulders slumped, because the weight of that $40 million he hauled off with him was difficult to carry. I don't understand why any business PAYS somebody that much money for fucking up the business.
But that's how the corporate mindset works. Take CBS news, for example. They should have fired Dan Rather two weeks ago. Dan fucked up, big-time, got caught, disgraced the network and disgraced journalism. He was exposed for what he really is: a liberal asshole who has no business being an anchorman on national television.
How does CBS respond to an incident that would reward a fast pink-slip to anyone else who pulled such an embarassing stunt?
The options under consideration include having Mr. Rather step down sometime next spring, perhaps near the end of the prime-time season in May, giving his replacement the relatively low-profile summer months to find his or her bearings, said the executive, who requested anonymity out of fear of being fired at a time of turmoil at CBS News. But no date had been fixed.
The executive requested anonymity "out of fear of being fired." Just think about that for a minute. Dan will stay---even though he fucked up---but you will GO if you say that Dan fucked up. Circle the wagons, protect the core group and screw the proles.
I wouldn't behave that way. I would have fired Dan Rather and Mary Mapes as soon as the shit hit the fan. I would have said, as CEO of a respected news network, that I could not tolerate such sloppiness from ANYONE in my organization, no matter what position that person held. And I would have heads on a pike to prove it.
But that's not the way the business world works.
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