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Grubby blogger opens up a can of worms on himself


Blowhard blogger Graham Davis, an Australian who likes to describe himself as an “international award-winning journalist,” has gone too far this time. Not only am I starting to fight back (watch out, Fiji Sun), but others are joining the fray as well. Some are objecting to his gutter attacks on me. They point out that the ongoing jihad against me by Davis and others is a case of history repeating itself, with the same types of attacks having been made a decade ago on the incoming head of journalism at USP by some of the very same people.
But the most delicious part of it all is that Davis has left himself wide open to criticism after blowing his own cover by adding a disclaimer to the bottom of his latest blog entry: “Graham Davis is now a part-time advisor to Qorvis Communications.” Perhaps he felt that was something to be proud of, but U.S.-based Qorvis, which advises the military . . . er, interim government in Fiji on public relations matters, has a nasty reputation worldwide. Much of the work Qorvis does on behalf of repressive regimes apparently consists of manipulating social media content, including sending out false information on Twitter, Facebook, and . . . well, blogs.
Some commenters on the Grubsheet blog are saying they knew it all along. “For too long those in the journalism world suspected you were attached to Qorvis,” remarked a reader using the handle Media Consultant. “Graham has outed himself,” crowed Shoepolish. “I find it sad that a once respected journalist has fallen so low,” wrote Bye Bye Aiyarse. Others demanded details of the financial arrangements. “How much are you pocketting every month from the poor of Fiji,” asked Review Commentator. But the poster who got in the most cutting jibes was doubtless the aptly-named Graham is a sell out, who began by insulting Davis with irony. “Congratulations on your new job! It is about time you get paid for your loyal support for Bainimarama and Khaiyum. It is pleasing to see in this new meritocracy that hard work and arse licking is being rewarded.” The poster soon got down to brass tacks, excoriating Davis: “You are a hypocrite of the worst kind.”

To think you once worked for the BBC world service which has a proud tradition of delivering unbiased news to the repressed people of the world. What would your fellow journalists from the BBC have to say about one of their former colleagues being paid to peddle propaganda for a dictator. You have sold out. You are a Judas and you can no longer call yourself a journalist.

To give Davis credit, he allows readers their say, and then gives it back in spades. “There is a strange notion of some kind of conspiracy here,” he replied, insisting: “There is none.” Graham is a sell out saw an opening and pounced. “His career is over as a serious journalist because no longer is he seeking out the truth for his readers,” the poster declared. “He is now paid to manipulate the truth to help keep a dictator in power.”

Understand that every word written from Davis on Fiji from now on will be written to a brief from Qorvis and the Ministry of Information. Every word will now be approved by them. This is nothing new for Davis as he has been working for them unpaid for a number of months in order to get the contract.

Davis protested the purity of his intentions. “It is my opinion that I peddle, not propaganda for the regime, Qorvis or anyone else. My views are genuinely held and heartfelt.” Others then interrupted with side issues what was getting to be a very watchable catfight, and it was almost 24 hours before Graham is a sell out resumed the assault, this time with telling effect.

Graham is a sell out: Can you give me another example of an award winning journalist being paid by a dictator’s PR firm who writes independently and objectively on the dictatorship?

Graham Davis: Were I to have embraced my opinions as a direct result of my relationship with Qorvis, you would have a point. But my support for the multiracial agenda of the Bainimarama government is long-standing and pre-dates the relationship by many years. Nice try, though.

Graham is a sell out: You claim your views have not been changed by payment so let me re-word my question. Can you think of any other award winning journalist who shared exactly the same views and opinions as human rights abusing dictator?

Graham Davis: I will not be interrogated by an anonymous, faceless nobody. I have given you an answer. This is merely rude and gratuitous. Bugger off.

This from the man who took me to task for telling him to “drop dead” when he accused me of hubris. Graham is a sell out was obviously cutting Davis to the quick. I could almost see his porcine visage reddening as he composed his profane reply, with spittle forming at the corners of his mouth. Graham is a sell out kept up the assault, baiting Davis.

Graham is a sell out: I have been taken to the camp for expressing my views and so I wish to remain anonymous.. Though I am a bit of a showoff and I would love to speak openly so I will tell you what. You start exposing the Human Rights abuses of this regime and do some investigative journalism on Fiji, instead of your regime puff pieces, and I will post on grubsheet under my real name.

Graham Davis: Honestly, aren’t we Mr Goody Two Shoes personified. Human rights abuses? What about the abuse of the human rights of 40 per cent of the population by the Qarase Government? You choose to cast me as a spin doctor for the dictator. Fine. But what are you doing to assist Fiji back to democratic rule? Hide behind a mask and spruik self-indulgent, self-righteous cant. Again. Bugger off.

Graham is a sell out had carefully baited his line, providing just enough clues to his identity to keep Davis wondering who this was. Now he dropped the bomb and reeled the grubby one in, hook, line, and stinker.

Graham is a sell out: Maybe the next time I meet you at Dilip’s, I will let slip my true feelings and we can have a debate. Sorry not going to happen because now you are a fully paid up informer of the regime.

Graham Davis: So you are in my social circle but you still haven’t got the guts to reveal yourself. How pathetic is that? . . . Citing a friend of mine like you have is a complete disgrace. My opinions are mine, not his. And to drag him into this shows what a low-life you are.

Graham is a sell out: I know his opinions are not yours. As for me being a low life. That may be true. But I have not sold my principles and my credibility for a few lousy bucks.

Dilip is no doubt Suva lawyer Dilip Jamnadas, who is said to be one of Grubsheet’s prime sources of information. Graham is a sell out must have really struck a nerve with Grubby, because Davis never once again engaged his newfound bête noire on subsequent comments he made on the blog entry that was meant to excoriate me. Instead it seems to have blown up in Grubby’s face in more ways than one. Thanks, I really enjoyed that, Graham is a sell out. But you didn’t have to go to all that trouble. No one seems to have noticed that Davis indicted himself in the very first reply he made to a comment on that blog post. In tut-tutting with my foe Thakur Ranjit Singh, Davis let it slip that he has been paid for some time to launch online attacks against me. “I have nothing personal against Marc Edge,” he started to arguebefore likely realizing no one would buy that line of twaddle.

No, that’s not true. I am annoyed that he has attacked me publicly for doing my job, and especially for raising the legitimate public interest issue of whether he used his position as a senior USP academic to gain a personal benefit from a commercial entity.

Davis was referring, of course, to the Fiji Timesadvertorial” I appeared in touting the Suva Point Apartments, which he claimed was unethical for a journalism educator. He demanded to know if I had received anything in return for my endorsement of the new apartment complex on Fletcher Road in Vatuwaqa, where I was the first tenant to move in and which I highly reccomend to anyone. I pointedly ignored his demand until he threatened to take it up with the USP hierarchy and to launch a complaint against the Times with the Media Authority. To save those busy people from being bothered by Grubby, I happily denied taking anything from the Times. He and others have ever since been demanding to know if I received anything from my landlord in exchange for appearing in the article, which I have again ignored, but which I will be happy to deny now.

But it was last May when Graham attacked me for this and other things. He claims his blog is just a “hobby.” But he now admits he has been annoyed with me for some time for fighting back against his blog attacks, or as he puts it, “for doing my job.” Well, a job is something you get paid for, right? It seems the Qorvis quid pro quo has been going on for awhile. Gotcha again, Graham.

32 thoughts on “Grubby blogger opens up a can of worms on himself

  1. ‘Auntie’ – as the BBC was fondly known – would never have stood for personal attacks of this ilk. Crude, rude and dangerous. We don’t like them and they are not our Pacific Way. Kindly desist: all of you!

    Stirring up unnecessary animosity leads on to “Other Things”. We already have sufficient “Troubles” of our own. For more than twelve years now – no respite. ‘The Troubles’ in N. Ireland and Eire lurk beneath a veneer of accommodation. This verbal jousting does no one any credit. It is tantamount to lighting the fuse. Cut it out!

  2. Graham davis is nothing more than selfrighteous suki…..born in fiji and thinking he knows best for the country. The white trash got it from his arrogant racist colonial fukin parents….. a lot of People have a false belief that all will be well under bainimagana. We will never forget, in the morning and at the setting of the sun!

  3. Anon.

    I see you are a real champion of the imbecility that has permeated the Fijian society more so the son’s and daughter’s of those who have corrupted the body politic for their own ends, you and your ilk denigrate any body that has achieved a great deal in their life now you ask yourself what have you done apart from being brainsick.

    Look at your parents and yourself first before casting aspersion’s on others.

    Luveni Macawa.

  4. oi le

    Sa baci tu na luveni macawa.

    Qua soti mo vosa vakavuku ulukau.

    Lako lei savata vakavinaka no gusumu e sa boidada mai.

  5. Since this failed junta by khaiyum’s puppy dog military, fiji has certainly become one divided and totally farked up nation. If the best the junta can do in support of their human rights abusing agenda is a failed journo with a napolean complex, a facist fool from horowehua and a moron called thikwit ramshit no wonder the world is dumping shyte on them. Better find a new place to live and take your kids mary?

  6. @ Sai

    Sai, as self-appointed King of the Idiots, you seem to do a lot of shouting about how stupid everyone else must be, without ever having to spare a thought about what the topic of the post ACTUALLY IS.

    Going forward, try to think about what the topic is, write something down on some paper, throw that away, and repeat until the amount of insults are less than 90% of the content.

    Otherwise you might as well just write nasty notes to yourself, for all the effect you intend.

    The fact that Graham Davis is paid by Qorvis is not surprising. Remember the emails we saw between him, Sharon et al?

    Then he has the gall to attack others for their ethics – what hypocrisy. Though nothing new in the world of the regime and its sycophants.

  7. The author of this article should recieve the Nobel Prize for the most self praise and self promotion achieved that is based on nothing.

  8. Radio Eejit.

    So what if Davis is paid by Qorvis?

    Are you missing out?

    Why should it bother you?

    Boy I am on the lookout for a vacuous dick-head to man my fishing boat I was hoping you would take me up on the offer?

    Criteria is simple what is required is all brawn with no brains.

  9. Public to study draft constitution

    07:27 Today

    Taken from/By:
    Report by: Epeli Tukuwasa

    The public will be given an opportunity to study the draft Constitution before it’s submitted to the Constituent Assembly.

    Commission Chair Professor Yash Ghai says Fijians will be able to see whether their submissions have been taken into consideration.

    He says the Commission will prepare a document before the draft Constitution is presented to the President and the Constituent Assembly in December.

    He adds people can then make remarks of the document to the Commission.

    We also intend to prepare a document which will explain in simple language what are other recommendations, what the new Constitution will look like and what concerns it is responding to.

    The document will be printed in three languages.

  10. Fiji will not compromise labour principles

    07:28 Today

    Taken from/By:
    Report by: Devendra Narayan

    Fiji will not compromise its core labor principles, despite being in danger of losing millions of dollars in benefits under the Generalized System of Preference.. GSP trade with the United States.

    The State is confident of defending itself against a petition by a union, which has asked the US to punish Fiji for its labor reforms.

    Thirty nine companies and 15,000 workers livelihood depends on this single hearing in the US.

    The Fiji Trades Union Congress had filed a petition in December last year… asking the US to impose sanctions on Fiji because of various reasons, which include the introduction of the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) and the Media Decree.

    Industry and Trade Ministry Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali says the Fiji Delegation to the US is expected to highlight the positives implemented by the Bainimarama government.

    “Improvement in roads airports, so all this things are important, sometimes people don’t have appreciation from outside, we will let them know and of course they are watching and observing and commending the political process that is going on which is the voter registration process and constitutional process.”

    Fiji’s total exports bill to the US stands at around one hundred million dollars and if the decision by the US goes the other way round, Ali says livelihoods of 75,000 people will be at stake.

    Fiji has enjoyed duty free access to US markets under the GSP system since 1976.

  11. Sai

    You don’t seem to either read or understand the issue being discussed you a’ole.

    It i simply that Davis has always maintained that his writings on Fiji were his personal opinions. However he is being paid by Qorvis which means his articles are merely public relations pieces aimed solely at justifying an illegal regime; by hook or by crook.

    He has thus lost his status as a professional internationally renowned journalist to being merely a hired gun to propagate filthy rubbish.

  12. Gramham Davis take his chances to work for the dictator as the dictator take over the elected government.All this political motives to sut down every access availble to the citizen so they can control every news to the people and the world.But one thing they don’t want any orther political parties to win .Graham Davis know now how the politics in Fiji plays even he try to serve the evil and yet it will bite back.Davis play big role for this dictatorship on every blaming news.He against what Fiji Citizen want.

  13. oi le.

    E cava o rauwata e na nomu bula macawa.

    You another of those fricken idiots trying in vain to justify your sickly existence.

    Are you at the behest of foreign taxpayers or are you overstaying your visa?

    The issue here is whether or not Davis was paid by Qorvis to write favourable articles backing the regime and if he was paid by Qarvis than good on him.

    What’s the big deal?

    You and ilk ought to be more concerned about your inability to advance, while you coterie of sapless and fatuous individuals go about stroking yourselves the world more so Fiji is advancing in leaps and bound.

    Ask yourself why are you hiding in a foreign country whereas you ought to be in Fiji helping you fellow-men?

    Fiji can do well without you mindless idiots.

  14. Good grief!

    sao, the demented green goon, is out of the guard house once again.

    Radiolucas, a very well written response to this gangrenous green goon. It is a shame that this former acting lance-corporal can’t comprehend words of more than one syllable so therefore his foul ranting is always off topic.

    Davis is of similar slimy sludge; his self esteem must be very low to accept payment from a murdering, fascist dictator.

  15. @ oi le

    “Davis has always maintained that his writings on Fiji were his personal opinions. However he is being paid by Qorvis which means his articles are merely public relations pieces aimed solely at justifying an illegal regime; by hook or by crook.”

    Well said. All Sai thinks is that everyone is jealous (?) or racist and that Fiji is a wonderland of modern advancements, prosperity and joy. Those are the only arguments he ever has – but then again he does spend a lot of time with his goats and hasn’t lived in Fiji for decades.

    Hypocrite, much?

  16. By reading the articles by Davies, it seems he is the main instigator in building the hatred that the Fiji Govt has for Aust and NZ. That seems is his only point in his rantings.. To further add fuel to the fire rather than writing objective pieces..

    I feel sorry for him, that this is the way he can get people to read his views.

    Anon y mouse

  17. What is this noise about? Anybody who believed for a second that what Davis is doing since 2006 was journalism was either stupid or smith jones. Davis has been part of the regime propaganda as much as croz. Outing himself as a Qorvis adviser just shows how vain this gentlemen is. He seems to believe that we are all in awe that a US PR company that specializes in supporting unsavory regimes around the world. Graham we are not!

  18. “Improvement in roads airports, so all this things are important, sometimes people don’t have appreciation from outside, we will let them know and of course they are watching and observing and commending the political process that is going on which is the voter registration process and constitutional process.”

    Sure Ali.

    Pull the other leg.

    Woman breaks both legs in Nausori pothole
    07:47, 18/09/2012
    Report by: Devendra Narayan
    Radio Fiji

    The Fiji Roads Authority has finally patched the pot hole in Nausori that caused a woman to break both her legs last Thursday.

    Sangeeta Raj was getting off the bus when she fell on to the pot hole right beside the Nausori Town Council.

    She was taken to hospital where doctors confirmed that her legs were broken.

    Nausori Town Council Special Administrator Napolioni Masirewa says they have received the complaint and are now in discussions with the Fiji Roads Authority for the next possible action

  19. We now understand why the junta PR is in such a mess. If the best qorvis can do to try and market this human rights abusing illegal junta of thugs is to employ a garden gnome like davis it is no wonder the junta PR is an international joke? Who will they emplo next? The facist fool from horowhenua or the bitter and twisted thikwit ramshit?

  20. Sai

    Just because you have a farm in NZ that means you are something luveni macawa o iko. You are useless to Viti in the overall scheme of things so keep you focus on your animals.

  21. I wonder if Croz is gonna come clean and admit his Qorvis/Regime links now that Graham Davis has set the bar of declaring interests for him?

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