Rachel Glucina with National’s polling agent and online mouthpiece – David Farrar.
The appalling manner in which Rachel was allowed to disgrace the journalistic ethics of the Herald hasn’t stopped her gaining a position with MediaWorks, if anything it’s helped her.
Rachel was a vocal attack dog for TV3 Management when she started her campaign against Campbell Live. Being fed gossip and complaints helped her fashion their public attack on Campbell Live.
We had hoped that the internet would force the mainstream media to lift their game. The ability to criticise their work in real time was supposed to democratise the news so that the news gatekeepers performed better. It hasn’t turned out that way. Conglomerates now simply recycle content in small bubbles, so that TV3s Celebrity becomes NZ Herald’s lead story becomes The Edge’s morning interview becomes Paul Henry’s topic of the day. Clickbait is what rates, not a broadening of opinion and more diverse voices joining the mix, if anything the mainstream media is worse now than before.
Rachel’s new online gossip show is the warped commercial reality of todays media companies. Clickbait shlock interwoven with hard right bias to an audience with the critical abilities of hungry children shown ice cream.
It looks like Rachel pretended to be a PR person helping a business write a press release to gain access to a waitress who had been bullied more than 10 times at her place of work by the Prime Minister while consulting with the PMs Office. It resulted in a twisted story claiming Amanda Bailey had a particular bent on politics so was probably just axe grinding rather than being victimised by the Prime Minister.
How that kind manipulation and perverse ethics colours a network who have already stated that News is simply about ratings and who killed off Campbell Live for political reasons isn’t a difficult question to answer.
It colours that network a villainous black.
This is why we need a properly funded public broadcaster. These kind of warped market mechanics is the exact sort of media we don’t want and don’t need.