In my experience as an editor that was not at all how it was. Of course, I was an editor for the US and for a few general categories, so I don't know how it was in all areas. But it was NOT easier to go out and find new material; it was easier to pull from the queue and we tried like heck to keep up and to be fair. I am not saying there weren't any corrupt editors, but they were rare as far as I could tell. And there were so many vigilant editors watching over your shoulder that I find it hard to believe there was any rampant corruption.