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All I can say about Gary’s column on D.G. Martin is – “Amen.”
In the fourteen years I’ve known D.G., I’ve never heard him say an unkind word about anyone – so Claude Pope claiming he’d called Republicans Nazis just didn’t pass the smell test.
Here’s the column D.G. wrote. Take a look at it. Ole Claude, out of paranoia, foolishness, or a plain mean streak, indulged in a fact twist.
A political pundit had said Republicans ‘overreaching’ in the legislature was natural for folks who’d been out of power for a long time, and D.G. pointed out that, in his book, In the Garden of the Beasts, Erik Larson reported Joseph Goebbels had used pretty much the same explanation for Nazi excesses back in the 1930’s.
It’s a subtle but straightforward point: Comparing the pundit’s explanation to what Goebbels said eighty years ago was not calling Republicans Nazis. But Claude wasn’t about to let anything as fragile as a fact stand in his way.
Here’s my point: There’s not much difference between Rev. Barber twisting a fact so he can howl Republicans are turning back the clock to the days of Jim Crow and Claude Pope twisting a fact so he can howl at D.G. 


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5 comments on “The Smell Test

  1. clarence swinney says:

    Several writers are expressing it
    High Spirits of Jack Daniels???
    Memory gone?
    1800B Budget to 3500B
    5800B Debt to 11,900B Surplus to 1400B Debt
    237,000 Jobs Per Month to 31.000.
    Invasion of two poor unarmed nations
    Alienated 1500 Million Muslims..
    Snort snort ole Jack gives one high spirits
    he cannot travel abroad for fear of being arrested and sent to The Hague.

  2. dap916 says:

    Carter, the link Gary posted in his front page column here where he said: “Now, no one should ever compare anybody to Nazis. D.G. didn’t. Read his column here” doesn’t come through when you click on the blue “here”. Can you get Luther to correct that? Thanks. Otherwise, it’s difficult to see what Gary is saying there.


  3. dap916 says:

    I accessed your link that you presented. If that was the one Gary was wanting people to see, then I see your point.

  4. Reaganite says:

    I don’t know why you defend this leftie viper D. G. Martin, but even on your explanation, Martin did, in fact, suggest that Republicans were like Nazis. Spin it any way you wish but there is just no way around that.

    But Martin is but a small fry in the blatant media distortion that Big Media in engaging in for the benefit of their allied in the Democrat Party. The McClatchey newspaper, WRAL, and some otheres behave more like they were editted by a biased political hatchet man like Goebbels, or like the editors of Pravda in the days of Breshnev, than they do like an objective newspaper in a democracy.

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