Not content with being a lickspittle of the Attorney General and the worst propaganda rag in the region, the Fiji Sun has unleashed its mangy dogs of war on Grubsheet.
The main letter at the top of today’s letters column is clearly from one of the Fiji’s Sun’s more erudite correspondents – a certain Tukai Lagonilakeba from Nadi, entitled “You stink, Graham Davis”. And it goes on:
“This man is a nobody in Australia until he was given an opportunity to work in Fiji where he made a name for himself and all of a sudden he thought he was a big boy but could not act like one. This country gave him a life where he was employed and we treated him well until loopholes were found together with his arrogant personality.
He now bad mouths our government and PM where he makes false and baseless accusations depicting a loser and a very lonely person, but very sad indeed as he has not spared our Fijian media as well with his many false and wild witch hunting accusations.
This rogue Australian individual Graham Davis stinks and should never be allowed to set foot ever again on this land, Fiji is a sovereign state where we run our own affairs the Fijian way and no matter how big his non-relevant criticism may be, it has no validity and holds no ground, bearing and influence in our Fijian democracy and politics.
I feel this bloke should keep his nonsense in Aussie Land because he carries no weight and is not relevant to our country’s progress and moving forward and Davis is not needed here now and into the future“.
There’s more in the same vein in the online comment section, including “we are not racists like you Australians” and “Suck your thumb, Sir, worry about Australia” – all the result of the AG’s manservant, Nemani Delaibatiki, dishonestly casting me as an Australian when he has always known that I am a Fijian, born in Fiji. Seriously. If the white-haired Sage of Rewa – a New Zealand citizen – is prepared to bend the facts on that, is there anything he writes that can be trusted?
None of it is remotely surprising but, really, is this the best the Fiji Sun can do? Barely literate rantings and disinformation that it has originally peddled, recycled by the intellectual giants who read the paper?
“A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself”, the Fiji Sun proclaims in the banner over its Letters to the Editor. You mean a cheap and nasty rag exchanging the jabberings of the ignorant, who are kept that way because they get their information from the Fiji Sun? Time was when ignorance was something to be ashamed of in Fiji. Now it gets celebrated in the pages of Beijing’s local newspaper of record.
Do the Fiji Sun publisher, Peter Lomas, and his stable of grovelling front-line stars really think this does me any damage where it might remotely hurt? Once again, the paper has scored an own goal. Because its main letter today is hardly a testament to a readership that is educated and well informed. It is little better than crude scribblings on a public toilet wall and would never be published by anyone running a credible newspaper anywhere else in the world.
Along with its constant stream of pro-government propaganda, the Fiji Sun is clearly in the business of peddling ignorance to keep ordinary Fijians stupid. And seems determined to drive as many of its remaining intelligent readers as possible to my own columns. Today’s effort says a great deal about the values of the Fiji Sun and of its owners, the CJ Patel group, who must be very proud of its pro-Chinese Communist Party, corrupt purveyor of lies and character assassination.
A friend of mine who gets five free copies of the Fiji Sun delivered to his business every day has told his staff to keep one and take the other four home to wrap the rubbish in. So not only is there ample evidence that the Fiji Sun hands out a large number of free copies but in some instances, it can’t even give the paper away.
Sad for them. More free publicity for Grubsheet. The sweetest stink of all.