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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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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

Freetruth What's next then?


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%"?

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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