My Scorpio ex-friend got the 2nd editor-in-chief position by obsessively fact-checking on every staff reporter. He documented and reported the lies and inconsistencies, and got the job. Months later he got the main job, but that was luck because the editor-in-chief left to live in a different country. The guy was crazy but good at his job. It didn't come from a noble of honestly place though. Til this day he's sleazy and won't hire female workers after many have complained of sexual harassment. His staff are all dudes intellectually below him, and that's how he gets his highs and keeps the job.