You can't work in this business without running into a few people whose continued employment boggles the mind.
Over the years I've worked with some incredibly smart people and others who might not defeat a crash dummy in an IQ test. And it always seemed that those managers who were lacking in smarts managed to keep their jobs. Low ratings? No problem. Staff hates your guts? Don't care. Management decisions that make absolutely no sense? Whatever.
Some of these people give new meaning to the words "Teflon" and "bulletproof." They drink and drive, make inappropriate comments, have a revolving door in the lowest rated newsroom... and still they don't get fired.
So what's the deal?
Bottom line? It's the bottom line.
You see, some companies don't care about the quality of the product or the working conditions of the employees. They only see one number, and it had better be in black ink.
Yep, you might have a GM or ND who makes Paris Hilton look like a Rhodes Scholar, but if said manager is turning a profit, well, said manager gets to keep the job. Even the lowest rated stations in the market can make a profit. Doesn't matter if the employees are miserable or the product is horrible, as long as the cash register keeps ringing.
So if you've every wondered why the mean or the clueless keep cashing paychecks, look no further than the balance sheet for an answer.