“I hate to admit it, but I flew slightly off the handle,” admits Slate’s Editor David Plotz of his remarks about “disgusting” Wall Street on a Slate political podcast. He had gone into a mini-rant about taking pitch forks to Wall Street. “We should burn them down, we should go after them with pitch forks, knives, guns, mace, anything,” he said.
Even Plotz’s wife reacted to it, telling him, “You know, you sound kind of crazy?”
But then something happened he didn’t expect: Newsbusters picked it up and ultimately he became “Fox News’s pinata” of the day.
Plotz insisted that he was joking around on the podcast, that he was being tongue-in-cheek.But FNC’s Laura Ingraham and “Fox and Friends” didn’t find his words to be a joking matter and skewered him.
“More power to Fox for having such sport with me,” Plotz said in a subsequent video posted on Slate. “If it’s good for their ratings to pick on some random podcast rant and to extrapolate on that, the decay of American civilization, then bully for them … but I do wish they would have given a link back to Slate and used a more recent, a more flattering photo.”
Watch Plotz’s Slate video entitled: “My 15 Minutes of Fox News Fame, How I Became a Fox News Punching Bag”