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April 23, 2015

Blurred hats

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 8:35 am

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.

32 Comments »

  1. For comment, we go to Matthew Hooton.

    Comment by Stephen J — April 23, 2015 @ 8:41 am

  2. So, to sum up:

    Not a journalist: Glenn Greenwald, Nicky Hager, John Campbell, John Stephenson, etc …

    A real journalist: Rachel Glucina.

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — April 23, 2015 @ 8:49 am

  3. Just another sign of JK’s increasing arrogance and belief in his exaulted status. Time for a reality check! paleo

    Paleo Martin

    Comment by paleomartin — April 23, 2015 @ 8:50 am

  4. You are trying to frame this like a ‘blame the victim’ persecution of a young female wronged, The machinery of state brought into action to crush the story before it tarnishes the powerful elite. The sub-text appears to be that John Key can be inferred to have dark paedophilic or fetishistic urges. So therefore we may infer that this was sexual harrassment of the creepiest kind. (except John Key would never recognise that, because, as a powerful middle-aged white man, he would be in denial, or feel it is his right to help himself to the serving classes like depraved aristocrat, or something). Which I suppose indicates that he must be a potential rapist, or something.

    Amanda could have discussed this with her employers when it started – she appears to accept their advice in other things (ie speaking to Glucina) , so this suggests they have a good relationship. She could have taken this to an employment lawyer, or a union representative, or sought community board, CAB or any number of avenues of redress.

    Instead, Amanda took her grievance to a left-wing blog who published her carefully itemised diary of events which happened quite some time ago, four weeks after receiving the information but mere days after a recent poll indicating that National are failing to lose voter appeal, and while the PM is overseas and thereby at Gallipoli and limited in his ability to respond.

    It may be entertaining for the perpetrator to be able to safely engage on a modern witch-hunt, and to engage in all sorts of wild salacious innuendo, but that is as embarrassing and vulgar to watch as it is to watch a middle aged bloke engaging in mindless and inappropriate banter, with a young woman who is young enough to be his daughter, unaware that his stupid actions were being itemised in a diary for later use.

    Would you want this for your own father? Would you want this for your own daughter? No on both counts.

    Comment by Lee Clark — April 23, 2015 @ 9:25 am

  5. A prediction: DPF has a post in the works, probably in the next 48 hours, where he says that he’s disappointed that the waitress chose to take this public rather than deal with it internally (and, of course, quietly), and repeatedly pointing out that the waitress is a Labour/Greens supporter. He’ll also talk about how great it is that John Key has the common touch and enjoys horsing around with regular schmoes, and point out that of all the regular guys and girls who Key is presumably constantly joshing with, only this one has reported any inappropriate behaviour, so really, in context, it’s not that bad. The phrase “a bad look” will almost certainly be used. He may or may not congratulate himself on his fair-minded non-partisan assessment of this issue, or he may leave that for a later post.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 23, 2015 @ 9:25 am

  6. Oh God.

    Comment by Lee Clark — April 23, 2015 @ 9:31 am

  7. It’s already begun.

    Her bosses, Hip Group owners Jackie Grant and Scott Brown, told the Herald they were disappointed Ms Bailey – who they say has “strong political points of view” – went public rather than coming to them directly with her concerns

    “Strong political points of view” as an euphemism for “left wing activist.” Next thing you know they’ll claim she let her hair grow and dangled it in John Key’s face to tempt him.

    An unbelievable piece of pro-National propaganda tribe by the Glucina, I am “surprised” that any editor would let that through.

    Comment by eszett — April 23, 2015 @ 9:37 am

  8. Yesterday I had somewhat sympathies with her employers as they are unwittingly caught up in such a shit-storm. All that is gone out of the window as well with this stunt.

    Comment by eszett — April 23, 2015 @ 9:40 am

  9. Bradbury is a complete tool though, isn’t he? He fancies himself as a totally switched on player on the left, when he didn’t even think to ensure this poor girl had an experienced minder to talk to before she agreed to discuss stuff with her employers.

    Comment by Sanctuary — April 23, 2015 @ 9:42 am

  10. “Amanda could have discussed this with her employers when it started – she appears to accept their advice in other things (ie speaking to Glucina) , so this suggests they have a good relationship.”

    No it doesn’t. It could as easily be that they’re her employer and so have have an ability to cut off her paycheck and humiliate her even more if she doesn’t cooperate with them in sweeping the whole thing under the rug, lest someone decide to launch a boycott of the cafe which embarassed their favourite mate. Having her real name released during that interview plays right into this line, because it deflects attention from the cafe.

    Or not. Maybe her employers are great and supportive people, who simply didn’t detect that one of their employees was being repeatedly harassed by a very powerful client, maybe because they were such fans of that client that she was embarrassed to tell them.

    In any case, the background of how this interview came to be, and the role of her employers giving her name to someone they allegedly knew was a Herald journalist despite reporting to be helping out as a PR consultant, is now blowing up further.

    Comment by izogi — April 23, 2015 @ 9:48 am

  11. “quite some time ago, four weeks after receiving the information”
    Not true. Last incident was 26 March 2015. Nothing on TDB post that I could see to indicate when she originally went to them.

    Comment by Jason — April 23, 2015 @ 10:12 am

  12. It is going to be hard for the PM to dodge this inappropriate behaviour

    It interesting to compare the Media and especially the twitter worlds treatment of this as compared with the Len Brown scandals

    Then it was all about who let the cat out of the bag and why a blogger was trying to over turn a democratic election,type spin ( looking at Russell Brown here)

    This time all about the PM being (quite rightly) held too account
    So is it different when it is done by the Left?

    Comment by rayinnz — April 23, 2015 @ 10:37 am

  13. What scandal? Len Brown had sex with a consenting adult. John Key assaulted a woman without her permission, and kept doing it.

    Comment by doloras — April 23, 2015 @ 10:42 am

  14. If you can point to a bunch of people now saying the 2014 election result should be overturned, then please do.

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — April 23, 2015 @ 10:44 am

  15. Glucina’s Herald column says that John Key has her on speed dial. She must be a very important person.

    Comment by Ross — April 23, 2015 @ 10:47 am

  16. …and we know what happens to people who publicly criticise the PM and or his government. The waitress can expect to be smeared in 3-2-1…

    Comment by Ross — April 23, 2015 @ 10:49 am

  17. “Would you want this for your own father? Would you want this for your own daughter? No on both counts.”

    I wouldn’t have to worry about it from my father because HE WOULD NEVER DO THIS. BECAUSE HE WOULD KNOW IT’S UNACCEPTABLE, ILLEGAL CONDUCT. I wouldn’t want it for my daughter because it’s unacceptable, illegal conduct.

    If John Key does this, I definitely want it to be public, and to have severe consequences for him BECAUSE IT’S UNACCEPTABLE, ILLEGAL CONDUCT.

    Comment by nommopilot — April 23, 2015 @ 10:56 am

  18. It’s perhaps no coincidence that Ms Glucina’s brother Henry just happens to work for the Hip Group (according to his Linkedin account).

    Comment by Christopher T — April 23, 2015 @ 11:00 am

  19. Christopher T – He’s a bit of a liar too, on that account. He lists himself as having won (presumably as part of a wider team) Metro’s Supreme Restaurant of the Year award for 2014, when this actually went to Masu, which has no association with HIP Group. Looks like a casual attitude towards accuracy runs in the family…

    Comment by Don 1 — April 23, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

  20. This bizarre and clumsy hatchet job – and a close reading of Shayne Currie’s weaselly statement tells us it could have been potentially cooked up by Glaucima all by herself, he is definitely leaving himself room to jettison Glaucima tout suite if it really hits the fan – is going to backfire big time.

    The story itself didn’t have much more steam media wise – the facts were out there, they were not in dispute, PM out of the country, not more to be said really – but now…. well, now the story is the dirty politics hatchet job, and the once again the terminally stupid Auckland National Party is behind it. I guess The Auckland Nats are what you get when the entitled kids of a bunch of loan sharks, developers, speculators and nouveau riche financiers think they are masters of the universe.

    Comment by Sanctuary — April 23, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

  21. Glucina is one of the countries leading specialists on old men in search of nookie, though?

    Comment by richdrich — April 23, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

  22. Sanctuary, I read the final version (of three) Herald statements and there is a tacit admission that Glucina wasn’t exactly above board when he says: ” Regardless of any confusion over the initial approach, all three agreed they wanted to make a public statement…” I entirely concur with your conclusions about the Auckland Nats. Spivs the lot of them.

    Comment by Don 1 — April 23, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

  23. The sub-text appears to be that John Key can be inferred to have dark paedophilic or fetishistic urges.

    I’d say the subtext is that corporate suits have a lengthy history of molesting, bullying and humiliating service staff, and declaring it all just good fun. This is something that Key’s presumably carried over from his bankster days, without considering the fact that, among people who aren’t complete shitheads, that sort of “good-natured banter” makes you look a cunt.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — April 23, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

  24. “…anctuary, I read the final version (of three) Herald statements…”

    Apparently the revisions now stretch to four.

    Comment by Sanctuary — April 23, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

  25. Peter Aranyi has helpfully provided a track changes view of all 4 versions of the Herald’s statement:

    Very revealing edits.

    Comment by Sacha — April 23, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

  26. So, did the waitress know the Herald was going to publish a photo of her and her comments? If she did initially consent, is she entitled to withdraw that consent and have decision respected?

    Comment by Ross — April 23, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

  27. And the PR firm he mentions…wonder if that’s RG’s PR firm?

    Comment by Don 1 — April 23, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

  28. Glucina told the waitress they were taking the photo to accompany a PR statement. Note how carefully the Herald PR statement handles that.

    Comment by danylmc — April 23, 2015 @ 3:42 pm

  29. Surely anyone is entitled to not to have a story published that was obtained under false pretences. The edits only confirm that’s what happened, exactly as Amanda Bailey said. Both Glucina and Currie should resign, if they were moral and professional people.

    Comment by Sacha — April 23, 2015 @ 4:19 pm

  30. “Surely anyone is entitled to not to have a story published that was obtained under false pretences. The edits only confirm that’s what happened, exactly as Amanda Bailey said. Both Glucina and Currie should resign, if they were moral and professional people.”

    Peak sanctimony lol.

    Comment by Grant — April 23, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

  31. Oh Grant, you naif, the needle of sanctimony has hardly flickered yet….

    Comment by Lee Clark — April 23, 2015 @ 9:55 pm

  32. A colleague passed me this instructive piece on what makes Glucina tick from Quote Unquote.

    Comment by Gregor W — April 28, 2015 @ 2:54 pm


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