NPR logo

Real Kazakh Journalist Faces Skepticism in U.S.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6564657/6564658" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Real Kazakh Journalist Faces Skepticism in U.S.

U.S.

Real Kazakh Journalist Faces Skepticism in U.S.

Real Kazakh Journalist Faces Skepticism in U.S.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6564657/6564658" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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.

This is MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.