In a way you're right. EVERYONE is jumping in to make what they can. And it is really just an employment dispute. But the way and speed it is unfolding is on a scale we have never seen. While you're right that Charlie is orchestrating and manipulating the whole thing for every penny he can, he is not in control of himself and this will not end well for him.
I think it will end well for him, why wouldn't it?
He's the star of one of the biggest TV shows on television right now, he holds the chips. He's a multi-millionaire who is a star of one of the largest TV shows airing today, he has the media in his pocket (as in, he can manipulate it as he wishes), and he's currently making a great deal of money out of this whole thing.
As for being in control of himself, why isn't he in control of himself? He seems to be in perfectly okay control for me. Of course, the media will tell you otherwise, and that's why it's funny. They are there to tell you as a viewer and edit their interviews/reports as the media to make him look like a crazy person.
In reality, he's a multi-millionaire who is making a great deal of money out of this whole media thing while he is in dispute with the business he is working with.
It would be like you and your employer having such an issue, and instead of you not going to work and not making money, you're making a substantial amount of it on the side because of the whole thing.
It's a very smart move and Charlie is at home smiling from ear to ear.
I don't really think his T-shirt and Button sales really match up with the 40+ Million he would make off his show.
If anything the government should step in and make CBS take him back, we're in a recession and we could use the tax money.
No, he's not making as much as he was (he will most definitely get his job back, he already knows it), but what he's doing is making a great deal of money on the side while he's currently holding out for his millions of pay (not that he doesn't already have millions).
He gets to sit home, not work, wait for his lawyers to get it all sorted out and get him back to work, all the while taking in a great deal of money selling merchandise and making deals on the side with other companies/businesses.
It's SO easy to see passed all this media stuff, it's really silly.