Batali Says Sorry for Hitler Reference, As Anger Continues to Flare

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Does the punishment fit the crime?

After a barrage of negative press and boycotting threats, Mario Batali has addressed his highly offensive bankers are Hitler rant in a more apologetic light, though without redacting his opinion that journalist Jeff Bercovici took his words out of context for Forbes’ own press-whorage. He tweeted: “To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks … It was never my intention to equate our banking industry with Hitler and Stalin, two of the most evil, brutal dictators in modern history.” Forbes isn’t really feeling it.

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