I have been a Dave fan (and still am), but I have to admit this Salon interview has been my least favorite interview to date. I think he comes off as a lot more pompous than in past episodes. For example:
1. He calls Keith smart for after kicking off Zack "stepping aside and letting him (Dave) take charge", implying that Dave was the one who best knew what he was doing. From the editing this seems untrue (e.g., Keith staged the Beau-Casino night coup).
2. He says his proudest moment at Paradise Hotel was a question that he wrote for himself in Pandora's box that said, "How do you feel being the only Jew when surrounded by such anti-Semitism, bigotry and homophobia." He then brags about what a great and reasonable answer he gave to the question that he wrote. Dave claims in the interview that there was a lot of that that "we just didn't see," and even if that is true, I find this method of confronting such attitudes as pretty self-serving and disrespectful of those (presumably his allies and friends) who did not display those attitudes, as he claimed that he was "surrounded" by anti-semitism.
3. He starts the interview by saying that he refuses to bash any of the originals, but then proceeds to bash them, using techniques like, "I would never do this, but my friends said that in response to Toni's calling me 'David' I should have called her 'Anthony', or in response to 'Yahtzee,' I should have said, 'Nazi'. He also cut pretty hard on their general intelligence level (which substantively I agree with) From what I saw of the show, Dave has every right to do some original bashing, and should feel free to do so, but he should not take a holier-than-thou stance and claim he's not going to do it and then proceed to bash them through loopholes throughout an interview.
4. He implies that Toni, through her ads with Marie-Claire, is trying to capitalize on her reality tv appearances and that this is sort of sad (which is true), but he somehow fails to recognize that he too is trying to capitalize on his reality tv fame by throwing viewing parties and accepting interviews with anyone who will talk to him
nyway, that is my take. I am still a fan of Dave, but not his best performance in my book.