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Even if you don't agree with all of his training techniques and philosophies (I don't), he still has made amazing progress in dog/human interactions and brought awareness to the need for consistent training and the need for neutering pets. And he's worked really hard to get where he is today.
The "Mean Dog" sterotype continues. All animals have a good heart, it's us humans who can be dark. Ever see those rescue shows at a dog fighting ring? Most all animals there cooperate; they know which humans are good and which are not. Anyone who owns a respectable dog can't be a bad person. It's just a fact.