PR flaks are paid to protect clients but the silence from ChemNutra CEO Stephen S. Miller and his wife Sally Qing Miller is deafening.That made me recall all the times I've read about someone "taking flack" for something (no specific reference available, but here's a Google search that'll show what I mean).
They're backwards; we have another example of writers being homophonically challenged.
When one is attacked about something, one figuratively “takes flak” — literally, anti-aircraft fire, an acronym made from the German “Fliegerabwehrkanone”. It's clear from its origin as an acronym that no “c” belongs there.
On the other hand, “a flack”, with the “c”, is slang for a press agent or publicist. It's one of those “origin unknown” words, but one story says it comes from the name of a press agent called Gene Flack.
Any flack who gets it wrong will take flak from me.