Here is the PR puffery. Are you placated yet? My suggested additions for PepsiCo in italics. HughHewitt.com: “‘Following my remarks to the graduating class of Columbia University’s Business School in New York City, I have come to realize that my words and examples about America unintentionally depicted our country negatively and hurt people.Just because I lack the judgment to realize that giving America the finger would hurt some people does not mean I should not be trusted to make multi-million dollar decisions. Just because I spoke as if in a junior high locker room with the depth of a first year speech student does not mean that I should not be paid millions of dollars to speak for a major company. I appreciate the honest comments that have been shared with me since then, and am deeply sorry for offending anyone. I am not sorry for what I said, but sorry that America has so many rubes that it is offended when I am offensive.I love America unshakably – without hesitation – and am extremely grateful for the opportunities and support our great nation has always provided me.Though when I think of America and am given five options, America most reminds me of the middle finger of the hand.‘Over the years I’ve witnessed and advised others how a thoughtless gesture or comment can hurt good, caring people. Read: Many good, caring people are too silly to know that present Administration policy is evil. I should have realized that.Regrettably, I’ve proven my own point. I made a mistake and, again, I’m very sorry.’Of course, I still think exactly the same thing and evidently PepsiCo agrees with me since I do not have to repudiate anything I said. Nobody at the company is saying I was wrong, just that they are sorry you are offended. So there Hugh Hewitt!
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