Time magazine names Occupy Wall Street the No. 1 U.S. news story of 2011

posted at 2:30 pm on December 7, 2011 by Tina Korbe

However wrong the rankings might be, I have to admit Time’s “Best of Everything” lists are pretty fun to browse. In fact, if I made a list of reasons to check Time.com, the magazine’s immortal lists would be the first and last item on it.

But, really? The journalists at Time think “Occupy Wall Street” is the No. 1 U.S. news story of the year — ahead of the GOP primaries, the economy, the Gabby Giffords shooting and the debt ceiling crisis? What, oh what, was the rationale? I know you’re dying to read this:

To some, Occupy Wall Street is the left-wing iteration of the Tea Party, directing their rage not at big government but at the big banks that gutted the world economy and took billions in bailouts from the U.S. government while awarding themselves hefty bonuses.

But many in the movement see their cause as part of a more global zeitgeist, in keeping with the anti-austerity demonstrations in Europe and the leaderless uprisings of the Arab Spring. …

[T]he sheer persistence of the occupations, galvanized by incidents of heavy-handed policing in New York and California that shocked the nation, have given the protesters’ appeals for economic justice a weight that may play a real role in the upcoming presidential election.

So much in that description that I just love. For example, I love that, according to Time, the banks took billions in bailouts from the government (i.e. the government didn’t voluntarily give taxpayer dollars to ’em). I love that, according to Time, heavy-handed policing just came out of nowhere to galvanize the movement. I love that, according to Time, OWS, which just might play a “real role” in the upcoming presidential election, matters more than the state of the economy to which the movement itself was only one of many responses.

Let’s postulate a more plausible rationale for Time’s implausible choice: Must be that OWS is the only story that kinda sorta looks good for a certain struggling incumbent. And it only kinda sorta looks good for Obama because the MSM and Democrats have attempted to link the amorphous movement to the president’s jobs act and his present class warfare pitch, all while carefully overlooking the in-your-face violence that characterizes Occupy. Note that the Time description references over-the-top police action, but fails to mention the more than 400 incidents of violence, vandalism and outrageous behavior that have accrued to Occupiers. Now that might have been a reason to name OWS No. 1.

No wonder Commentary’s John Podhoretz tweeted out this new nickname for Henry Luce’s once-innocent baby: “Time, the magazine that keeps embarrassing itself.”

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itsspideyman on December 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The journalists at Time think ”Occupy Wall Street” is the No. 1 U.S. news story of the year
Why not? It’s all part of Barry’s re-election bid.

Besides, the people at Time have been living in their own bubble for years. Just another reason why their magazine and subscriber base keep shrinking.

GarandFan on December 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Following Big Brother and NewsWeak into oblivion.

The Occupiers were in tents, but not really intense.

Steve Z on December 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Considering Iraq withdrawal made the cut, what about death of Osama bin Laden?

amazingmets on December 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

over Thaddeus Hunstman’s rise in the polls?

Who is Jon Galt Huntsman? on December 7, 2011 at 2:34 PM

You mean Fred Hunstman.

itsspideyman on December 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

somebody once gave me a subscription of Time as a gift…
you would not believe the hoops I had to jump through just to get me off their subscription list let alone to have them stop delivering me the magazine…

mjbrooks3 on December 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Aw, relax…it’s only about 60 pages and 2/3 of them ads. It might be useful to clean NYPD cars after the Occupoopers do their business.

Steve Z on December 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

If they didn’t pull stunts like this would anyone even think of TIME magazine? Well? Would they?

They wouldn’t have to do this if you would all just buy their frickin’ magazine.

So you see, it is all your fault.

Lily on December 7, 2011 at 4:26 PM

And I’m sure their magazine cover will have a photo of one of these clowns taking a crap on a police cruiser.


fogw on December 7, 2011 at 4:32 PM

What other lefty stories are out there? Honestly, I can’t think of any.

tozee on December 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM

“The Won” must be hard-broken. His “gutsy call” on the UBL assassination just didn’t rate.

J_Crater on December 7, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Of course Time considers OWS the biggest story of the year. They and their colleagues created it. In the beginning, by treating a handful of professional protesters with gravitas, they encouraged more to join–people that greatly enjoy having their various complaints validated by major news organizations. Before you knew it, it was a thing. Protesters enjoying the attention, and the media having this dramatic thing to stand in front of and project their biases from.

The fact that OWS was void of any coherent message didn’t matter; everyone was happy. Well, except for anyone that wasn’t protesting or in the media…

FibDynamo on December 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

All those kids are so used to getting trophies and validation for breathing, so in keeping with the modern way of child-rearing, it only makes sense. They’re entitled to everything or so I hear.

Registered Nic on December 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

If you receive subscriptions to Magazines that you do not wish to have, you can recycle: If you have pets, puppies and/or birds with cages you can always make use of the subscriptions and use the Mags as piddle paper for your pets. Just a suggestion.

LaurRose on December 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

To be fair…

Millons of people across the globe have banded together to show support of the OWS movement and yes, you point out that their have been atleast “400 violent incidents” while knocking the TIMES report of the general strong arming of the police in response to these articles. Well 1st, no matter how many violent invidents occur that still doesnt give the police an excuse to abuse the basic rights of all citizens and 2nd, there were also reports of racism at tea party rallys but you dont use those few events to charcterize the whole movement right? So why do it for the OWS crowd?

Now with all that being said. I live in Seattle and Im getting really tired of seeing the OWS crowd downtown. Go home already.

Politricks on December 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

At least they didn’t choose Huntsman’s daughters for their awesome youtube videos.

HopeHeFails on December 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Who even reads that rag anymore?

jqc1970 on December 7, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Time’s website of the year: AttackWatch

DavidW on December 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Ehhhh, in a hundred years, OWS is going to be just a footnote in the American History books, if that.

Assuming there are still Americans around to write American history books…

LunaLovegood on December 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Is there a shovel big enough to move that pile of verbal crap? I sure don’t have boots high enough to wade through it!

HilliardPatriot on December 7, 2011 at 10:49 PM

You have to admit removing 30 tons of debris from one OWS site (LA)
is not only the story of the year but of the century.
30 tons of OWS filth now that is a story!

sabrina on December 7, 2011 at 11:31 PM

You’re right, Tina, that the general state of the economy is vastly more important than OWS. But it’s hard to say that the economy is a “story.” Rather, various manifestations of our economic troubles are stories, and OWS is one of them (the most important, according to Time). Even an opponent of OWS has to concede that it’s received more coverage than any other story this year, and that may be all that Time needs to justify their putting it first.

wiz on December 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM

You can’t make this stuff up. Too Funny.

tbear44 on December 8, 2011 at 6:45 AM

OWS beat out 8.6% and falling? That was unexpected. How about Obama cancels vacation to work with Congress? Changes need to be made at Time. Anyone know if Meacham and Alter are available?

RickinNH on December 8, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Occupy Wall Street is the #1 News Story in the US…according to the MEDIA?! Uh, sure….if you forget about 1) Obama/Liberals affecting the 1st US Credit Rating Downgrade in US HISTORY, 2) The DOJ/Homeland Security/ATF Scandal of not only providing Mexican Drug Cartels with thousands of guns but also Laundering Money for them for years, 3) Obama caught in his own (expanding) Capital Cronyism scandal (Solyndra & others), & 4) The White House / Obama protecting Muslim Extremists by declaring the Fort Hood ‘massacre’ to be a case of ‘workplace violence’rather than a terrorist act (despite Hasan exchanging 20+ e-mails with AlAwlaki, visiting Islamic extremists sites and calling himself a ‘soldier of allah’, and trying to convert fellow Army officers – threatening to cut their heads off if they refused).

easyt65 on December 8, 2011 at 8:49 AM

It’s sooooooooo obvious what this bunch has been up to all along. Their anti-Newt, anti-Romney, anti-Republican, anti-conservative, anti-capitalism mantra is extremely evident and pathetic. These are just mind-numbed, liberal, robotic tools of the Obama Administration and Democrats.

jfs756 on December 8, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Time was the publication that refused to even mention the Tea Party, but is now fully in the tank for OWS? You think they have an agenda?

SGinNC on December 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

What is “Time” magazine?

mongizmo on December 8, 2011 at 4:37 PM

We know better, but to play devil’s advocate:

This may just be a reflection of today’s society – the insta everything, two-minute memory society.

Whatever happened last was the greatest ever. Anything that happened more then 2 weks ago is forgotten.

Anytime you look at a 50 best list for movies, books whatever – there’s always a couple of stinkers that are really just on there because they are hot right now. Certainly not greatest, just latest.

WhaleBellied on December 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

The killing of Bin Laden was less newsworthy than OWS?

Time is full of crackheads.

ButterflyDragon on December 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I love that this is the first mention of the Tea Party when they compare it to OWS. With all that the Tea Party did last year, they get not a single mention in their story of the year issue. It’s as if the Tea Party never existed.

mizflame98 on December 8, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Do we know who wrote this piece? Sounds like Joe Klein – the total left-wing view, the self-righteousness, the use of the word “zeigeist”. Ugh, stomach-turning.

mcpesq on December 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM