The fruity goodness over Senator Brownback’s “you shall know them by their fruits” remark continues to ripen. Jeff Sharlet of The Revealer fame, the journalist whose interview sparked the controversy, chimes in:
The truth is that Brownback did not mean to make a joke, nor did he mean to use “fruits” as a slur. I didn’t think he did, nor did I mean to imply that. But I was laughing at the senator. Just once, in a 7,100 word, rather earnest story. The moment was classic “Beavis and Butthead: “Dude. Did he just say fruits?”
For more, read the entire 5,000 word piece, “Sam Brownback is a Fruit,” (and when you do, drop me a line with the Cliff Notes version).