Herald and Whale Oil defend Glucina

NZ Herald and Cameron Slater are unusual allies their support of Rachel Glucina and her handling of the waitress at the centre of John Key’s hair pulling.

And they are fairly lonely in trying to defend what looks like some very shoddy journalism, something Slater usually hammers the Herald for – in this case journalist connections seem to take precedence over consistency.

The Herald had a torrid day on social media yesterday, battered by their handling of the hair pulling issue in Waitress: ‘I felt NZ should know’ where via PR consultant and Herald gossip columnist Rachel Glucina they dump heavily on the waitress.

This had been promoted by editor Shayne Currie:

Exclusive: In tomorrow’s , meet the waitress at the centre of – and she explains why she went public

Attention was given to the blurred lines between the roles of ‘PR consultant’ and ‘Herald reporter’. There was strong criticism on social media and by other journalists, including suggestions it warranted a Press Council complaint.

Brent Edwards from Radio New Zealand tweeted:

@nzherald have confirmed a breach of journalistic standards in What will it do next?

More in ‘Strong stuff’: the media’s role in #ponytailgate

The Herald went onto a somersault mode of damage control.

Herald statement

Shayne Currie, Editor of NZ Herald has released a statement on how the story was reported:

That’s at the bottom of Waitress: ‘I felt NZ should know’ .

Except that the currently published statement is apparently the fourth and significantly edited version as the Herald desperately and obviously too quickly tried to stem the criticism.

Despite all this Whale Oil seems to be trying to paint the best possible picture of the Herald coverage and Glucina.

Whale Oil’s Face of the Day

While Cameron Slater frequently and strongly criticises the Herald he seems to still have some friendly journalists. Or thinks he does. He has teamed up with Glucina on stories in the past.

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  1. Mike C

     /  24th April 2015

    Blubber-Boy and his Missus are just brown nosing Glucina in the vain hope that she will share her next “hot scoop” with them, instead of Bradbury. LOL.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th April 2015

    Is anything the Herald reported on this incorrect?

    If not, what is shoddy about it?

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    • duperez

       /  24th April 2015

      An unexpected source for such questions. The veracity of statements is not paramount or even important. Statements have no significance. What is significant is how the reports emanated from wherever. (Straight out out the textbook, ‘How to counteract the Nicky Hager material.’)

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  24th April 2015

        When the source is a criminal act it matters. Obviously not the case here.

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        • duperez

           /  24th April 2015

          Yes, I realise that ethics, morals, and hypocrisy are irrelevant.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  24th April 2015

            Cheap words. How about answering on the actual facts as I state them below?

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th April 2015

    What sort of idiot would think a Herald reporter would produce a statement to go to all media? And obviously as a personal friend the owners knew Glucina is a Herald columnist and she knew they knew.

    So if there was any confusion at all it had to be between the owners and the waitress. Now there is a real power imbalance for you. But the whole thing is a collision between a naive and foolish political activist’s fantasies and actual reality.

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  4. Okay actual facts?
    ” …a Herald reporter would produce a statement to go to all media?…”

    Who said that a “Herald reporter” would produce a statement to go to all media? Who said it was a Herald reporter? When? Makes assumptions about different people at different times in unknown circumstances. Makes implications from there about who did what and when.

    “And obviously as a personal friend the owners knew Glucina is a Herald columnist and she knew they knew….” Seems to be a fact that the owners knew Glucina and what she did. Makes assumptions about the waitress’ knowledge.

    Fact, there is a real power imbalance between the owners and the waitress. They may have used and abused that.
    Fact, presenting that as “Now there is a real power imbalance for you” read as minimising the real real power imbalance, the one between the waitress and the Prime Minister.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  24th April 2015

      There was no power imbalance between the waitress and the PM. She had only to say something to him or her employer, let alone to the media. From the other account I posted she was no shrinking violet.

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      • There was a power imbalance which wasn’t changed by the woman telling her employer or by her saying something to Key. Would balance have been achieved by the waitress telling the PM, “Leave me alone you bloody little creep”? She would’ve been sacked for conduct unbecoming.
        Maybe employers should have their staff wear name badges with labels like “Not a Shrinking Violet” or “Not Likely to be a Victim of Power Imbalance” so smart arses know who they can harass with impunity.

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  5. Mike C

     /  24th April 2015

    @Alan. I have to agree with you about this Waitress. Her behaviour at work towards well-off customers in the past, has form.

    Combine her normal everyday behaviour with her political feminist mind-set, and you get one crazy stupid greedy bitch.

    Ian is 100% right about this situation.

    It bears remarkable similarity to the Tania Billingsley case.

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  6. kittycatkin

     /  24th April 2015

    How could anyone not know that Rachel Glucina is a ‘journalist’ ? I don’t read the drivel that she writes-I don’t know if she still has the Guess Who-Don’t Sue feature where she’d say ‘who’s the blonde socialite who was caught with a well-known whatever blah blah blah ?’ Who cares who it was ? Who knows if it was anyone ? I cannot believe that anyone could not know. I think that she’s realising that she’s out of her league and back-pedalling like mad.

    I would think that this waitress would have trouble finding work anywhere else;I wouldn’t employ her. If she decides what the customer should have, she’s lucky to have a job at all. I can’t believe that Alan’s case was the only time that this has happened & she’s lucky that people have been so tolerant (or that her employers have) I’d have been most unimpressed had I discovered when I came home that the lovely red handbag I bought today had been swapped for a black one because the shop worker thought that I’d have more use for a black one !!!

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  7. kittycatkin

     /  24th April 2015

    I am really tired of the words ‘power imbalance’. It’s so sexist and makes women seem feeble. I wonder if people would be bleating about power imbalance had it been Helen Clark and a waiter.

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  8. Shagger

     /  25th April 2015

    Ah just one of the many legal issues Shayne Curry has on his hands – his tenure as Editor looks rather short lived

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    • Mike C

       /  25th April 2015

      @Shagger. Who will replace Currie? Please don’t say David Fisher, because that would be like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire place 😦

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      • Shagger

         /  25th April 2015

        No way it could be Fisher – he’s bottom of the barrel tainted after his love affair with Kim Dot Con amongst others over the years. Be interesting to see if you can go lower than Currie in terms of professional conduct, ability, stupidity and being an overall moron.

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        • Burning ring of fire

           /  25th April 2015

          My hubby reckons Curry gives him the shits. Maybe he means Currie?

          I’ll check with him when he gets home……

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  9. Shagger

     /  25th April 2015

    you’d think being constantly in the shit that Currie would be better at wiping the heralds ass when it blows brown water

    as an aside you reckon those 2 buck front teeth could eat an apple through a tennis racket?

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