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Don Martin woes: When telling Dimitri Soudas and Bell boss to “go fuck yourselves” can get you suspended from CTV.

Don Martin: badass

I would have loved to been a fly on the glass.

I wonder how many free speech warriors from the right will race to Don Martin’s defence?

Don Martin, the new Canadian hero . Speaking for the rest of us.

UPDATE: Susan Delacourt tweets that a CTV source tells her that the Martin brouhaha is a “pack of lies”. It looks like we have a war of sources here.

UPDATE II: OK. This Glen MacGregor piece on the ‘feud’ seems to have the most credibility. It seems Soudas didn’t take to a Martin joke and threatened that he would talk to Martin’s boss about it. Courageous, no?

According one witness who asked not to be identified, Martin made what was intended as a light-hearted remark to Soudas’ girlfriend, Mississauga Conservative MP Eve Adams.

“What are you doing with this guy?” Martin asked, according to the witness.

If Martin was joking, Soudas apparently didn’t find the comment particularly amusing and responded negatively.

The conversation darkened, with Soudas reportedly chiding Martin about viewership of political talk show and Martin chirping back, according the witness. Power Play competes in the same slot as the higher-rated CBC show, Power and Politics.

As the argument escalated, Soudas reportedly promised to speak to George Cope, chief executive of Bell Canada Enterprises, which owns CTV News Net.

Martin said something to the effect that he didn’t care if Soudas complained.

But contrary to an account of the incident published by another news organization on Saturday, Martin did not make an obscene remark directed at Cope.

Cross posted at Let Freedom Rain .

4 comments to Don Martin woes: When telling Dimitri Soudas and Bell boss to “go fuck yourselves” can get you suspended from CTV.

  • sm

    Do I recall this correctly, that Mr. Martin was one of the people who actually HAD one of those “how to slow down parliamentary committees” instruction books, but never published such in the news. maybe he will now….

  • Bina

    I would like to know exactly what was said/done at that little shindig that made Don Martin lose his shit. Wish they’d report THAT, and not just his reaction.

    ck Reply:

    Isn’t that the way it always goes? I mean, more was made out of Pat Martin swearing on Twitter than the reason why he did it. When Justin Trudeau called Peter Kent a “shithead”, more was made of Trudeau being a brat than why he called Kent a shithead. Nobody seems to be interested in the what provokes them–only in scolding them when they kinda act out.

    Jymn Reply:

    Problem is that the crowd at the restaurant was a Conservative one so we will never know the truth about what triggered Martin. I too would love to know what was said. Too bad Martin will be under a gag order for his suspension to be lifted.