Yeah, it was clear that Linus wasn't happy about how the "huge and bloated" thing was the only focus nearly all media concentrated on. (leaving out the "unacceptable but unavoidable" part.)
In the interview he said that "at least Linux isn't this fat ugly pig that should have been shot 15 years ago"
I'd like to think that Linus is so bright that the bloat statement was intentional to get the kernel community working on a solution (don't tell me there isn't one that is way too easy), but he probably does not have these mad Sun Tzu communication skillz.
Maybe next time add the the pig comment to put things into perspective for the media?