Time’s Man of the Year: Vladimir Putin

by Ryan on December 19, 2007

in Culture,Media Bias,Russia

Vladimir Putin.  Tsar Commissar General Secretary Vladimir Putin the Great/Terrible, Man of the Year.  Seems to work for this power-hungry new version of an old Russian habit: autocratic rule through violence, intimidation, political assassinations, and saber-rattling.  I’m disappointed.  I honestly thought that Time would have chosen Algore for his global warming farce and anti-American rants at international conferences.  No, just a real autocrat, not an aspiring global one.

Time likes to choose it’s “Person/People of the Year” the following way:

“TIME’s Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse. It is ultimately about leadership—bold, earth-changing leadership.”

Not an honor (I guess not, they gave it to Bush in 2004).  But it sure is an effective way to sell papers and peddle the influence of the people selected, inadvertently giving cultural legitimacy to them through the press and buzz. 

My choice would have been to pick General David Petraeus for the amazing and positive change he helped inaugurate in Iraq since August.  However, that may put Iraq in a more positive light and Time doesn’t want to give Republicans any help by giving press to a man who has done great things regarding an issue the Dems have been wrong about all year.  Give Time some credit though: Petraeus was a runner-up, along with Communist Hu Jintao, author JK Rowling, and their true favorite, Algore.  Credit, but not props.

Time Picture.

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Chris December 28, 2007 at 1:06 am

Before I get to my opinion, I find that pic very interesting…king of reminds me of the pic of the impeached one on Esquire …where the mag tried to make him look larger than life. Putin is a little more ‘vertically challenged’ at 5’6″ than most world leaders, so who knows!

It’s a total crime that Patraeus was not chosen as his leadership has allowed for a greater safety in Iraq and a more positive outlook on the country’s future. Didn’t fit the liberal agenda of Time. They apparently have a thing for choosing Russian dictators/leaders (Andropov in 1983, Gorbachev in 1987 and 1989), any alternative to a Republican leader (The Whistleblowers in 2003, Bono in 2005 and You in 2006) and anyone/anything that fits their agenda (Endangered Earth 1988, Whistleblowers 2003, Bono 2005).

I would have put my money on Algore this year, but instead they went with someone who has taken rights away from his own people, can’t get away from his KGB past in terms of recent alleged actons, thinks of himself as a wanna-be tsar and will hang on to power any means necessary (he’ll be the next Prime Minister and his successor is in lockstep agreement with him)…real positive pick. At least they didn’t pick Amadenijad or Chavez.


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