The outsized internal politics at The New York Times makes us giggle. Since both players Arthur and Jill will land on their feet and are insulated by enough money, the supposed tragedy of a firing lacks gravitas. This isn't a cub reporter getting kicked off the New Haven Register.
Nevertheless, there are important lessons here, at least for those who want to keep their jobs - or clients.
At the top of the list is the need to adjust one's profile to fit the power dynamics. Even we free agents are subject to the politics of the organizations we write for.
Next is don't talk the rights game. Jill had a lawyer nosing around the compensation system. Rights are only an issue as an end run to a miserable situation. If Jill wanted to hang on at The Times she should have refrained from seeking that noble abstraction justice. The law usually has little to do with justice.
And, three, it pays to get along, with everyone. That's why likability is one of the oldest and most enduring forms of power.
Both Arthur and Jill have become fodder for the comedy scene. If it were closer to Halloween, New York Magazine would print up distorted masks for each of them. It did that when Gus of "Breaking Bad" was offed.