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Bush named Time's 2004 Person of Year !? He deserves it, doesn't he ? [Copy link] 中文

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Bush was named "for reshaping the debate until the choices bled,for reframing reality to match his design, for gambling his fortunes - and ours - on his faith in the power of leadership," the magazine said on its website.

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Hitler was Man of the Year, as it was called back then.

Stalin, Ayatollah, a few more notable names.

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Post time 2004-12-20 21:27:28 |Display all floors

I was not trumpeting the news for Bush's sake, not at all ! And...

"The magazine gives the honor (Man of the Year) to the person who had the greatest impact, good or bad, over the year."

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Controversy

The following is an excerpt from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_the_Year

The title is, in ignorance, sometimes mistakenly assumed to be an honor. There was a massive public backlash in the United States after TIME named Ayatollah Khomeini Man of the Year in 1979. Since then, TIME has often shied away from choosing overly controversial candidates. TIME's Person of the Year 2001 — in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks — was New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. It was a somewhat controversial result; Giuliani was certainly deserving, but many thought that the rules of selection ("the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news") made the obvious choice Osama bin Laden. They cited previous choices such as Adolf Hitler demonstrating that Man of the Year did not necessarily mean "Best Human Being of the Year".

According to stories in respected newspapers, TIME's editors anguished over the choice, fearing that selecting the al-Qaeda leader might offend readers (and advertisers). Adding a wrinkle to the equation was the fact that bin Laden had already appeared on its covers on October 1, November 12, and November 26. Many readers expressed dissatisfaction at the idea of seeing his face on the cover again. In the end, Giuliani's selection led some to criticize that TIME had chickened out.

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Post time 2004-12-20 22:00:47 |Display all floors

Thx for Laoxianggg's latest post, which is quite informative.

In a country whose people can lash their president with impunity and a country who believes frenetically in 'freedom and liberty' , it's no wonder anyone or anything could be entitled 'Man of the Year' by its media giants.

I bet Osama bin Laden shall be the one of that year when he gets caught by Uncle Sam eventually.

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