Yeah, I know, I blogged about this last summer. It deserves a follow-up.
Turns out we have a name of the producer who booked â€œBorat Sagdiyevâ€ and, in the process, was â€œtrickedâ€ into thinking he really was a Kazakhstan-born journalist â€“ when heâ€™s really a fictional character on an HBO show and now a related hit movie.
Her name: Dharma Arthur. Not long after the incident, she was reassigned from her morning producer duties to a similar capacity in the stationâ€™s 5:00pm newscast. Arthur and WAPT parted company this past spring.
While she reportedly has found work at a station in Florida, I sincerely hope sheâ€™s learned a valuable lesson from the whole â€œBoratâ€ situation.
My fear, though, is she hasnâ€™t learned anything.
She recently wrote to Newsweek, â€œBecause of (â€œBoratâ€), my boss lost faith in my abilities and second-guessed everything I did thereafter.â€ Well, sheesh, if I were her boss, Iâ€™d put her under the microscope, too. â€œI spiraled into depression,â€ she continued to whine, â€œand before I could recover, I was released from my contract early. It took me three months to find another job, and now Iâ€™m thousands of dollars in debt and struggling to keep my house out of foreclosure.â€
Uh, excuse me, Dharma. If you really want to know whoâ€™s at fault for all of this, look in the mirror. Now, Iâ€™m sorry youâ€™ve gone through so much hardship; nightmares I wish on no one. But if you had done just a little extra bit of research instead of, apparently, basing you booking just on what â€œBoratâ€™sâ€ people gave you, you would have saved yourself headaches and you wouldâ€™ve also spared WAPT a black eye.
In another article, Dharma was quoted as saying, â€œI donâ€™t have cable. I have two mortgages.â€ Well, I hope you had internet access in your WAPT days. If so, all you had to do was enter the name â€œBorat Sagdiyevâ€ into any internet search engine and I promise you wouldâ€™ve discovered â€œBoratâ€ was a work of fiction.
Then as now, may this be a lesson for all of us in the media.