Obama eligibility denialist lawyer Phil Berg issued a press release yesterday thanking the Russian Internet news site Pravda.ru:
Philip J. Berg, Esquire here – WOW ! Thanks to Sam Sewell and PRAVDA for printing what the United States National Media [Radio, TV & Newspapers] has refused, I believe on purpose, to bring forth the facts regarding Obama.
Pravda.ru tends toward nationalist and sensationalist content
According to the Wikipedia, Pravda, one time official news organ for the Soviet government, was officially disbanded after the Soviet Union fell. Former Pravda employees started a new private print newspaper with the former name, and others an unrelated web publishing enterprise, Pravda Online, the publication Berg mentions. Pravda.ru is a tabloid web site tending towards nationalist and sensationalist content, and is not new to birther stories, dating back to December 2, 2008 with its opinion column touting Phil Berg talking points, Barack, the Amazing Mr. Obama, written by old Soviet hardliner [just kidding] Mark S. McGrew.
The unsigned Pravda.ru article yesterday is titled No evidence of Hawaiian birth for AKA Obama. What about Kenya? It cites such sources as Mario Apuzzo’s blog, and includes things that only a birther could love such as:
Obama’s ‘Certification of Live Birth’ form reveals his Birth Registration was FILED in 1961 but was never fully ACCEPTED by the Hawaiian State Registrar’s Office.
One can see the source of Berg’s enthusiasm as the article repeats Berg’s own lawsuit when it describes how Berg’s investigator [sic]:
… then personally went to the hospital in Mombassa, Kenya. He spoke with the Provincial Civil Registrar and he learned that there were records of Ann Dunham giving birth to “Barack Hussein Obama, III” in Mombassa, Kenya on August 4, 1961. The investigator then “spoke directly with an Official, the Principal Registrar, who openly confirmed the birthing records of Senator Barack H. Obama, Jr. and his mother were present, however, the file on Barack H. Obama, Jr. was classified and profiled. The Official explained Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. [sic] birth in Kenya is top secret. [H]e was further instructed to go to the Attorney General’s Office and to the Minister in Charge of Immigration if [he] wanted further information.”
I guess Russia will continue its role as a second-rate power, even in birtherism.
“Pravda” is literally translated “truth” from the Russian, and the other former Soviet newspaper, Izvestia is translated “news” leading to the popular saying: In the Truth there is no news, and in the News there is no truth.”