It's hard to tell from reading the actual article, but the New York Times apparently declared war on all Southern food in a rather generic piece published in their dining section. After the article came out, the Fox News morning shows, Fox and Friends, analyzed the piece.
The sections of the article that riled them up the most are the references to Paula Deen cooking with "canned fruit and Crisco" and one of the closing lines "purists believe, Southern cooking is too often represented by its worst elements: feedlot hams, cheap fried chicken and chains like Cracker Barrel." Now, the fact that the rest of the article talks about the people down south who are looking to change those trends doesn't seem to make a difference.
What do you think of this "controversy?" Seems like the Times wrote a pretty average article and Fox seized upon it to create a made-up controversy. Imagination and creativity seem to be in ample supply down south and that seems like a win-win for everyone involved.
Needs some Georgia olive oil.