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Taxpayer Funded UNC-TV Host Compares North Carolina Republicans to Nazi’s
North Carolina Republicans Condemn Statement and Call for Apology and Suspension
Less than one week after the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its 2013 long session, a taxpayer funded television station host has made an inexcusable, disgusting and shameful comparison that will damage the reputation of an otherwise upstanding organization.
D.G. Martin hosts "North Carolina Bookwatch” which airs twice a week on UNC-TV. On July 29th Martin released an article entitled “Egypt, Nazi Germany, and North Carolina” which included multiple references to Nazi Germany in relation to the recent reforms supported by North Carolina Republicans. Martin frames those that don’t see the newly enacted Republican reforms through his lens, as mere Republican apologists. In relation to the excuse making Republican “apologists” Martin writes, “Similar explanations were made to explain away Nazi excesses when they took power in Germany in 1933.” Martin continues the comparison with a quote from Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, “Now our party is in charge and they are free again.”
“It’s a shame that UNC-TV televises such a divisive, toxic, personality with our taxpayer funds,” said Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope. “After Martin’s latest article, North Carolinians should expect this 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. We call on UNC-TV to suspend this program while they evaluate their relationship with their host who made such an outrageous and damaging comparison. Such divisive hyperbole only serves to confuse and trivialize issues that are important to North Carolinians, who all deserve a formal apology.”