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Sacha Baron Cohen reveals how Sarah Palin flopped in mock interview: ‘She wasn’t good enough to make the show’

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Sarah Palin gave valuable publicity to Sacha Baron Cohen after complaining she was duped into an interview for the comedian’s show — which she ultimately didn’t even appear in.

The former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate sat down for an interview with Baron Cohen, who was in character as right-wing conspiracy theorist Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. PhD, but he frustrated Showtime executives by cutting her segment from the series “Who Is America?”

“Just like her candidacy for vice president, she wasn’t good enough to make the show,” the comedian told The Daily Beast.

Baron Cohen didn’t do much publicity before the show premiered last summer, but Palin raised its profile by calling the British comedian “evil, exploitive (and) sick” in a Facebook rant and subsequent talk show tour.

“She was going around the talk shows and talking about how outrageous it was that we put her in the show and saying, this is disgusting and it’s on Showtime at 10 o’clock Sunday nights,” Baron Cohen said. “She was literally promoting a show that she was not in, and I had this dilemma, which was I didn’t want to reveal that she wasn’t in the show and yet part of me wanted to correct her, because she was spreading some misinformation, which I know is quite a popular thing to do now.”

“I was particularly worried,” he added, “because obviously Ms. Palin is known for her factual accuracy. I mean, she was saying that I was a disgusting person, she mistakenly accused me of imitating a veteran, but the problem was the interview wasn’t very good.”

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Showtime executives pleaded with Baron Cohen to include Palin’s interview in the show, because she had generated so much publicity, but he said the conservative celebrity just wasn’t good enough for his high comedic standards.

“You need someone to fully engage and answer the questions,” Baron Cohen explained. “(She) sort of gave these rote answers as if she was on a presidential campaign.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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