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TV book host, columnist D.G. Martin apologizes for Nazi references

TV host and columnist D.G. Martin has apologized for a column he wrote that offended state Republican leaders.

The state Republican Party wants UNC-TV to suspend longtime literary program host Martin and evaluate its relationship with him over a recent newspaper column he wrote invoking comparisons between Nazi Germany and the General Assembly.

Martin wrote in a column that appears in newspapers around the state quoting from a recent bestseller by Erik Larson, “In the Garden of Beasts,” that refers to comments by Joseph Goebbels. “Now our party is in charge and they are free again,” Goebbels is quoted as saying. “When a man has been in jail for twelve years and he is suddenly freed, in his joy he may do something irrational, perhaps even brutal.”

To which Martin added the question, “In our state, too?”

GOP Chairman Claude Pope issued a statement calling the column “inexcusable, disgusting and shameful.” Pope refers to Martin as a “left-wing zealot who is parading as a television host in front of dozens of viewers to take his next job alongside Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.”

The newspaper column and the TV program are unrelated ventures.

Martin, meanwhile, had this to say to Dome: “I think I understand their point. I am very sorry that I offended some people and I apologize.”


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Freetruth What's next then?

Freetruth

What's next then? Pope's Gestapo? The Republicans' threat proves Martin's speculative question is all too spot on.

D G apology inappropriate

It was typical gentlemanly behavior for D G Martin to offer an apology, but has our nation now further descended to one in which every statement must bear an apology for perhaps offending someone? Free speech is supposed to be just that: Free. In fact, many of us do believe that what the NC legislature (and its puppet governor) have done is indeed "...irrational, perhaps even brutal." When any thinking person examines the so-called achievements of the most recent legislative session, what else can one think? Great harm has been done to hundreds of thousands, and there is no rational defense for the actions. I think D G Martin was echoing what many of us think about the state of our union. If he offended anyone, they probably deserved to be offended if not downright ashamed. Where's my apology for being labeled "47%"?
Beaverley

After that comment I can see

After that comment I can see why he did not win the election. Good move by the voters.

It got Hank Williams, Jr fired

I think that Hank Jr. said that Barack Obama and John Boehner's famed golfing diplomacy, "would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. Not hardly. In the shape this country is in?"

But in either event "I'M ready for some football."

When a liberal says it it is termed to be "free speech." When a conservative says it it is termed to be "hate speech."

The apology was demanded

The apology was demanded because the Republicans believe it is about what you say and not what you do. They say one thing to get elected and then do whatever they please. Now they want D.G. Martin fired for exercising freedom of speech. Why does that not surprise me?

IS a fire starting in the Reichstag

By way of demanding UNC "evaluate its relationship" (codespeak for fire him) to D. G. Martin, Claude Pope directly proves the point that Martin only obliquely made. Freedom of Speech be damned - all media must now be approved by Chairman Pope. There really may be a fire burning in our Reichstag.

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