Real Kazakh Journalist Faces Skepticism in U.S.

Officials were suspicious when a TV journalist from Kazakhstan showed up in Ohio to make a documentary on the U.S. political system. They checked with the U.S. State Department. Then the FBI looked into it. It turned out the journalist was legitimate. He was not the bumbling, racist and fake Kazakh reporter "Borat." The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the real journalist got a cold reception wherever he went. Maybe his cameraman's name didn't help: Bolat.

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State officials were suspicious when a TV journalist from Kazakhstan showed up in Ohio to make a documentary on the U.S. political system. They checked with the State Department, the FBI looked into it, turned out the journalist was legit - not the bumbling racist and fake Kazakh reporter, Borat. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the real journalist got a cold reception wherever he went. The cameraman's name probably didn't help - it's Bolat.

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