The Irving career plan

There’s a perception among us working stiffs sometimes that upper management play by different rules than the rest of us. We’re expected to be loyal to our employer, and when we get fired or are forced to resign over something serious, we can kiss that company (or even that line of work) goodbye. Big-time management folk, however, can jump around between competitors as much as they want, even after they’ve been fired.

Maybe it’s because managers are fired more often, so it’s not as serious to them as it may be to someone who has spent 20 years in the same job.

Still, you can’t help but laugh at the news that Brunswick News (the corporation, controlled by the Irving family, that controls almost all media in New Brunswick) has re-hired Jamie Irving to be its vice-president. Irving had been removed as publisher of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal in June after it published a false report that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had pocketed a communion wafer. Although a ridiculous issue on its face, the report got national attention.

Irving quickly appointed Globe business columnist Neil Reynolds to be Brunswick’s “editor at-large”.

So I guess the moral of the story is: publish fake news, lay low for a bit and get promoted!

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