I'll post the professions quote again with the operative part highlightedBut, I do realize that we're not going to agree on this. All I can do is continue to ask, "How is this insulting?" Yes, I understand that you feel insulted by X. In order that you are not insulted again, can you explain how X offends you?
If you don't see how people would be offended by that statement then I don't think anyone will ever be able to explain it to you. People don't like being told how a game should be done, they didn't like in 1st edition and the don't like it now. Also these statement aren't isolated statements, they're all part of a contiued tone that was throughout the columns previewing 4E."When was the last time you saw a PC make a profession check that had a useful impact on the game? (Hint: If it was recently, your game is probably not as much fun as D&D should be.)"
Just to reiterate I'm a fan of 4e now and was then, but I still found the marketing insulting at times.