The lead story on the Herald today is by Rachel Glucina, publicly naming the waitress who complained about John Key pulling her ponytail. And the background to that story is here, published on the Daily Blog, in which the waitress accuses Glucina of gaining access to her via her employers, by representing herself as someone who worked in PR, who was providing confidential advice to the waitress and the cafe-owners. And now the details of this confidential conversation are on the front page of the Herald.
What’s fascinating is that Glucina is someone who works in PR. According to her LinkdIn profile Glucina is Director of ‘Pink PR’, which specialises in ‘Media strategy, product planning, brand development, public relations.’ But Glucina is also someone who writes columns and front page stories in the country’s largest newspaper. How does that work? Can you hire Glucina and pay her to place stories in the Herald for you? If not, how can the Herald assure us they protect the integrity of their paper to prevent this from happening? Glucina is fiercely pro-National, and routinely publishes smear stories against opposition MPs and other enemies of the government – is this because she has a commercial relationship with National or any of its Ministers?
All interesting questions, which I’m confident we will never get any answers to.