Charter readers of La Russophobe will remember that back on June 9th, when the blog was just over three months old, we published a post about Russophile wacko Peter Lavelle (pictured, left) exposing his grossly inaccurate comments about freedom of the press in Russia on his blog “Untimely Thoughts.” Since then, Lavelle hasn’t posted to his blog. Lavelle had made a previous foray into the blogosphere, also a dismal failure. Small wonder, since it seems Lavelle has a persistent problem simply telling the truth.
He’s also desperately tried to achieve voice on Russia by sending out a ridiculous email letter and creating a Google discussion forum, none of which have the slightest bit of traction in the blogosphere except among the wacko Russophile contingent. Recently therein, he spewed out a ridiculous lie, this time about this blog. Here’s what he wrote:
I know this site very well. I am one of her/his/its favorite targets. At least that site could spelll [sic] my surname correctly!!!!
My, what a lot of exclamation points we inspire! It is, of course, an outrageous falsehood that Lavelle is is “one of [La Russophobe‘s] favorite targets.” In fact, this blog has published more than 1,100 posts since it was created and until today only one of them, linked above has been directed at (or even mentioned) the cartoonish Mr. Lavelle (now two). Mr. Lavelle is, you can see dear reader, a laughable egomaniac whose gross misrepresentations are deeply harmful to ‘s interests. We couldn’t care less about him, but we did want to go on record pointing out his gross factual lapses and propaganda. It’s important to remind Russians that, with “friends” like him, they need no enemies. It’s also rather ironic that Mr. Lavelle complains about La Russophobe failing to spell his name correctly since (a) he incorrectly spells “spell” and La Russophobe is incorrectly referred to as “russophone” in the e-mail exchange in question, yet he makes no correction and (b) although LR’s email address is posted at the top of the sidebar of the blog, he has never communicated with us to advise of any error. What’s more, the statement about his name is not even any longer accurate since a reader advised us some time ago of the misspelling and it was corrected (even though we couldn’t care less whether we correctly spell the name of someone, like Lavelle, who is helping to bury Russia).
Of course, that’s to say nothing of the subhuman mendacity it takes for Lavelle to refer to the publisher of this blog as “it.” One can simply feel the supercilious delusions of grandeur seeping right out of this reptile’s pores. Oh yeah, and the jealousy too. If you Google “peter lavelle” you get 31,000 hits. If you Google “La Russophobe” you get the same number. The only difference is that we’ve only been in business for eight months, while Lavelle has been spewing out his garbage for nearly a decade.
And the inaccuracy and smears didn’t end there, or stop with La Russophobe. A participant in the exchange, one Scott W. Spires, stated:
Yeah, that was exactly my thought too. And perhaps not coincidentally, she has been contributing comments at Lucas’ own blog. She (he?) is also about the only person commenting at David McDuff’s blog. McDuff is an interesting case. He is a distinguished and voluminous translator of Russian literature (chances are, if you’re an Anglophone with an interest in Russian lit, you’ve got a McDuff translation somewhere on your shelf). However, he has conceived an intense hatred for Putin & all his works, and his blog is almostentirely taken up with accounts of outrages committed by the Russian government. La Russophobe, as practically the only commenter there, has been flattering him a bit. It makes me wonder if she’s not some kind of provocateur, trying to make these guys look gullible.By the way, it’s “La Russophobe”, not “Russophone.” In fact, I see no evidence that the former is also the latter….
Mr. Spires’ comments are also laughably inaccurate, perhaps dishonest, though at least he manages to rise above Lavelle and notice the inaccuracy in referring to the name this blog (though not the hypocrisy). This is the natural result of a tiny bunch of russophile nutjobs blabbering to each other in a closed circle, devoid of outside input. They end up sounding just like the old Politburo, which functioned under similar circumstances, and will surely meet the same end. Several basic points illustrate Mr. Spires’ idiocy: (a) David McDuff screens all of his comments and only publishes those he feels are of interest, so Mr. Spires has no idea how many people comment on that blog; (b) David’s reader Jeremy Putley is by far the most prolific and significant commenter on David’s blog; (c) many blogs do not want comment, it’s not their goal, and some do not even allow it (for example, Michelle Malkin, who operates one of the most powerful blogs on the planet). In the mind of a wacko Russophile like Mr. Spires, though, if a publication isn’t begging for his personal feedback, it’s immediately suspicious. If it dares to disagree with him, then it’s a target for his ridiculous smears. If you want to see whose policy is better just compare David’s blog to Mr. Spires’ blog . . . oh yeah, you can’t, because Mr. Spires doesn’t HAVE a blog.