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Bozell & Graham: Showtime 'fakes news' for the Left

CBS's pay-cable Showtime channel is the latest backer of con artist/"comedian" Sacha Baron Cohen's performance art, as in the movies "Borat" and "Bruno." It's a new TV show called "Who Is America?" that is designed, as usual, to mock Americans — mostly conservatives — as gullible and stupid.

The most prominent victim this time around is former Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was asked to appear in a "legit Showtime historical documentary" but instead was pranked by Cohen and asked questions she said were "full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm." Cohen also apparently asked former Vice President Dick Cheney to autograph a "waterboard kit." The promise of these embarrassments thrills the left. It was not an auspicious debut: It drew just 327,000 viewers. Among the key demographic of adults ages 18 to 49, it pulled a low 0.1 rating.

Even as the first show began with Cohen pulling a prank on Sen. Bernie Sanders, it's Cohen's fraudulent tea party patriot who's the joke. When Sanders does his usual socialist schtick about redistributing the wealth, Cohen's character says, "I prefer to be anally raped than give one more dollar to the Treasury." Sanders just calmly watches him ... which might make most viewers suspect Sanders knows what's being filmed.

One Cohen character is supposed to mock the left, but he ends up making two supporters of President Trump look like they were trying way too hard not to overreact to his idiocy. His bald but ponytailed NPR-T-shirt-wearing lefty character claims he makes his daughter "free-bleed" during her period on the American flag. Then he waits for the Trump fans to freak out, or, more likely, be grossed out. Cohen's humor has all the maturity and sophistication of a 13-year-old boy.

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