Originally created 07/31/98

Apology due Bowers 073198 - The Augusta Chronicle

We know that to keep listeners' interest at peak levels, political talk show hosts sometimes engage in vehement give-and-take wherein things are said in the heat of the moment that shouldn't be said.

Such was the case Monday when WGAC Radio's Austin Rhodes compared defeated Georgia gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers with Nazi Germany's Adolph Hitler.

Hitler was one of this century's worst mass murderers. It trivializes history to couple the name of that genocidal monster with anyone else except those of like ilk: Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot.

When callers pointed out to Rhodes his bad taste, he lamely defended the comparison as just hyperbole. He also made matters worse by claiming former Attorney General Bowers "prosecuted" victimless sex crimes -- a patent falsehood that another caller had to correct him on.

Rhodes' stab at an apology, if you can call it that, was to say his listeners didn't understand his point. Of course not. He didn't have one. And if he's smart, he won't try to explain himself again. But he should offer Bowers a real apology.


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