It wasn't funny being a real TV reporter from Kazakhstan trying to cover Ohio's recent elections — at a time when the nation's top box-office comedy featured a fake Kazakh TV reporter humiliating Americans.
A TV crew from Kazakhstan's Channel 31 was in Columbus on Nov. 6 and 7 to make a real documentary on the U.S. political system, but the crew got a wary reception from press secretaries who feared public skewering by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
It didn't help that the Kazakh cameraman's first name was "Bolat," a name similar to Cohen's alias.
... State Department officials who supervised the TV crew's two-week multistate trip say they got apprehensive phone calls wherever the real Kazakhs went. Even the FBI called them to make sure the crew was legitimate.
Friday, December 01, 2006
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