TV host and columnist D.G. Martin has apologized for a column he wrote that offended state Republican leaders.
The state Republican Party on Friday asked 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.
“I think I understand their point,” Martin said in an interview. “I am very sorry that I offended some people and I apologize.”
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