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Sunday, December 18, 2005
Time’s People of the Year
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:52 pm

Via CNN: CNN.com - Time names Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates Persons of Year. Here’s the Time story itself.

As a commenter at Balloon Juice noted, really it would seem that “their Thing of the Year is Charity.”

And, I must confess, that’s not a bad thing.

Still, I must also confess that my response to the choice was not unlike that of Michelle Malkin who termed the choices to be “lame.” (I will say that Malkin is off the mark in her critique of Melinda Gates’ inclusion, as it is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, after all).

Still, it seems to me that the Person/Persons of the Year should represent something significant about the year in question. I don’t recall Bono or the Gates being key players this year, or that their philanthropy was especially noteworthy in 2005.

It seems to me that that voters of Iraq, or Mother Nature, would have been far better choices. Heck, even Zarqawi would have been a possible choice (given that the PoY isn’t always a positive honor).

Although I think that I would have voted for “Mother Nature”-was there a bigger story in 2005 than Katrina? (Not to mention the year started with the immediate aftermath of the tsunamis and there was the Pakistani earthquake and the general preponderance of hurricanes). Indeed, Katrina could have been the Person of the Year.

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You Big Mouth, You! » Time’s Person of the Year linked with [...] s, Stingy List, Original writing, Commentary — Chuck Simmins Poliblog points out this story. Time picks three very rich people as their person[s] of the year. For their giving, of course. I [...]

10 Comments »

  1. Mother nature put in a late bid for PoY with the ice storm in the Carolinas. Clearly, it was to no avail. But I’m glad the charity folks got their shot at the limelight.

    Comment by bryan — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 3:37 pm

  2. Mother Nature isn’t a real person.

    But don’t worry, the Easter Bunny is a real bunny.

    Comment by ppGaz — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 4:00 pm

  3. Of course, Time’s “person” of the year isn’t always a person.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 4:06 pm

  4. Yeah, but Malkin’s right: All she’s doing is giving away money someone else earned. How hard is that, really? At least Gates earned the money.

    Comment by James Joyner — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 4:49 pm

  5. But, she does help run the Foundation. If they are going to honor the Foundation, they can’t very well just honor Bill.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 4:51 pm

  6. Michelle Malkin sounds like a shrew. I’m sure that will be red meat for some conservatives, but to me she just sounds like a cartoonish witch (although you could switch the “w” for a “b” and it would probably be more accurate).

    Comment by bryan — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

  7. Bitter Shrew

    Via Steven Taylor, I find out that Michelle Malkin is disappointed in Times “Person of the Year” because, well, Melinda Gates didn’t “earn” the money she’s giving away.
    Okay. I don’t question that the rock star and the world’s biggest philanth…

    Trackback by Arguing with signposts... — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 5:19 pm

  8. […] s, Stingy List, Original writing, Commentary — Chuck Simmins Poliblog points out this story. Time picks three very rich people as their person[s] of the year. For their giving, of course. I […]

    Pingback by You Big Mouth, You! » Time’s Person of the Year — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 6:40 pm

  9. Was There No One Better?

    Apparently I’m not alone in thinking that Time’s choices were, ummm, lame. So did a lot of folks. This happens every year, but if you’re going to honor generosity, how about the millions of people who donated billions of dollars to help with the rel…

    Trackback by A Blog For All — Sunday, December 18, 2005 @ 7:56 pm

  10. I would have thought the U.S. Navy has a place on this list. Who else could bring hospitals, fresh water, an airfield, and thousands of people (collectively known as an aircraft carrier) anywhere in the world?

    Comment by Fred — Monday, December 19, 2005 @ 11:03 am

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