So while I erred in my prediction that the Tea Party would win the 2010 TIME Magazine Person of the Year, I do have to admit that I do not argue with the choice of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Granted, it wasn’t my first choice (or even my second), but I can see why TIME choose him given the ubiquitous nature of that website.
TIME magazine, of late, has made, in my mind, appropriate choices for their annual honor (Ben Bernanke – 2009, Barack Obama – 2008, Vladimir Putin – 2007), but this was not always the case. While the 2006 choice of “You” generated some negative buzz, I actually believe the honor lost some of its luster with its choice in 2001.
Over the years I have kept a variety of journals and writings and I discovered this entry from Janaury 4, 2002, where I opine about the choice.
So New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani has been named Person of the Year by TIME Magazine.
The editors of TIME have no balls and should be stripped of the power of naming the Person of the Year.
The criteria for selection is the person who has impacted the news the most over the year for good or for ill. It’s so obvious it’s painful that that person is Osama bin Laden (OBL). Evil folks have won the award before such as Hitler, Stalin, and the Ayatollah Khomeni so naming OBL would not have been a precedent.
No…the editors of TIME lost their backbone and concluded that they couldn’t name OBL as the Person of the Year. I defy anyone to name a person who has influenced the news more that OBL. If being responsible for the death of over three thousand people, the destruction of the World Trade Center, damaging the Pentagon, and causing the US military to use four aircraft carriers and assorted hardware to invade a country isn’t enough of an impact, then what is?
OF course it is OBL himself who is responsible for the in the rehabilitation of the Mayor. This is not to demean what Guiliani has done in being a “tower of strength” for the city and the country with this demeanor and poise, but without the huge tragedy that OBL orchestrated, Guiliani would only be remembered in 2001 for having prostate cancer and being engaged in a messy love traingle with his wife and girlfriend.
Back to 2010 and I’m glad the editors of TIME are back on the ball with picking people of relevance again.