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Obama is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Obama is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Wed, December 19, 2012 - 9:15 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has been named Time's "Person of the Year" for 2012.

The selection was announced today.

The short list for the honor included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for advocating for girls' education.

It also included Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Obama also received the honor in 2008, when he was President-elect.

Last year, "The Protester" got the honour.

Time's "Person of the Year" is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. In 2010, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg received the honour.

Other previous winners have included Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Bono and President George W. Bush.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 7 months ago
In the interest of selling magazines and avoiding public criticism in its huge American base market, Time Magazine plays it safe by rarely selecting its "Person of the Year," especially those considered controversial, from beyond United States shores.

Time has been reluctant to select controversial figures as their person of the year since 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian revolution’s supreme leader, was granted the title. The decision sparked a public backlash, prompting the magazine to avoid featuring persons controversial in the US on its December issue covers.

If Time's selection criterion is truly based on the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for bad, then 2001 was the year Osama bin Laden should have been that Person of the Year, for he changed the world, perhaps forever, in ways not seen since Adolf Hitler.

Time succumbed to threats of subscription cancellations and public pressure and instead favored then New York Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, rather than the mastermind behind the September 11 terror attacks.

Hence, the selection of President Obama for the second time in five years can be seen as Time riding the wave of his resounding reelection success, in the face of the country's economic and unemployment challenges, and a paradigm shift on gay marriage, undocumented immigrants and diversity.

One again, Time chose the safest route to avoid a public backlash and to increase its subscriptions.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 7 months ago
amazing how the supporters of the BLP in barbados identifies with the GOP in the usa.their idealogy and methodology is the same.have anyone noticed how mr. harper would go to the extra length to bend the truth,to make his point,and like the republicans/duguid has no problem saying sorry after the damage has been done. If mr.commisiong had called for recognition of ayatollah khomeni,and osama bin laden,the nation news would be labelling him as a potential terrorist. but you dont see that here..... there are certain bloggers who can say anything and it's posted,whle others are edited or censored

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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 7 months ago
@WayneHusbands: I also notice the similarities between the GOP and the BLP. I live in the US, and as I read the local Bajan papers, I keep thinking to myself...these people (the BLP) remind me of Republicans/Conservatives. Take everything from the poor, aggrandize the rich even more, and then claim they have the poor's best interests at heart. I tell yuh!

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