Pointless Person of the Year list missing some options

posted at 8:41 am on December 11, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Fairly soon now we’ll have the answer to the question which absolutely none of you have been asking. Who will be named Person of the Year by Time Magazine for 2013? (Frankly, I still maintain that the entire event has been going downhill since I won in 2006, but I don’t begrudge my fellow recipients their moment in the sun.) The story this year seems to be less about who made the final list than some of the obvious choices who didn’t make the cut. We’ve started talking about it here already, but as a reminder, here are the names:

Bashar Assad, President of Syria
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist

If you’re a conservative there are a couple of obvious choices (which almost by default means they either won’t be selected, or will be picked and then torn to shreds in the article defending the pick). I’d think at this point that even the most dyed in the wool liberals would be a bit embarrassed if Obama was chosen, but you could see them rallying for either Snowden or Sebelius. The usual dark horse, “bad guy” candidate is Assad, but it’s hard to justify how much global impact he’s had, even for evil influence. I’m not entirely sure how Bezos got on there, since the list came out before he announced the game changing drone delivery service.

But who is the obvious choice that’s not on that list? Wesley Smith at National Review has the answer.

Sad, but true: I think Russian President Vladimir Putin should be Time’s “Person of the Year.” He wrested leadership in the Middle East away from the USA. He made Obama seem puny. He saved his Syrian client Bashar al-Assad. He may win the Nobel Prize for the seeming dismantling of the Syrian chemical weapons (which I don’t believe for a second). He gave Snowden asylum in Russia and presumably now knows all that the turncoat knows. He has turned the Ukraine away from the West back towards Russia. Plus, he works well without a shirt.

It’s probably not as crazy of an idea as it sounds. Forbes already named Putin the most influential person in the world, knocking Obama off the top of the list. And there’s no requirement that you have to be a good guy or be making the world a better place… you just have to be the most notable and have the greatest impact.

Plus, as Smith noted, the guy can still pull off the no shirt look while taking on grizzly bears in an MMA match.


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I guess you don’t read the Headlines, Jazz.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

My guess would be Jazz wrote this story prior, took the rest of the day off and first thing this morning had a “oh fudge…I didn’t email in this piece! Let me hit send and hope nobody will notice.”

Renee on December 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Sok Bitter Clinger, can’t really blame her, no one reads Time either ;-)

Gatsu on December 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

This entire endeavor is one of absolute idiocy, but now that they’ve picked Francis it’s idiocy squared. Not because they picked Francis, but because these people are clueless idiots who don’t even understand the people they are examining.

Summary of Francis (via Ace) from Time:

First Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of church dogma and luxury.

I guess I missed it when Francis unilaterally decided abortion is cool, and the gays getting married is the greatest thing since Jesus turned water into wine.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Fairly soon now we’ll have the answer to the question which absolutely none of you have been asking.

Fairly soon as in a few topics ago in the headlines.

HotGas bleeding commenters, admin scratching collective heads to figure out why.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

You guys should cut Jazz some slack. His recently extended duties at Hot Air, due to Ed’s family member passing, is screwing with his schedule. He had to take timeout from plotting how to forcibly keep Catholic hospitals open, and it can sometimes be difficult juggling multiple tasks.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I guess I missed it when Francis unilaterally decided abortion is cool, and the gays getting married is the greatest thing since Jesus turned water into wine.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

They retracted that. Said “sorry, we made a typo”.

Johnnyreb on December 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Next topic on the main page: “McCain chooses Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as running mate”.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

But who is the obvious choice that’s not on that list?

Easy, the Oprah. That bitter racist woman has legions of supporters. In fact the Obama administration’s whole “free stuff for all” approach is based on her “favorite things” specials.

Seriously, Time went with a safe and obvious choice. I’m more disappointed that they would have put Miley Cyrus on the list as influential enough for consideration.

And why Edith Windsor but not Richard Windsor (and all that is involved with the use of that name). All Edith did is put her name on a lawsuit. Not exactly a ground-breaker among the gays.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

They retracted that. Said “sorry, we made a typo”.

Johnnyreb on December 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Typo? What word did they mean to use instead of dogma?

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Next topic on the main page: “McCain chooses Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as running mate”.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Sarah who?

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Miley Cyrus, Singer

She should have gotten it just for the 1ft long tongue of hers. The thing is so long she can’t even hold it in her mouth. It’s always hanging out there collecting dust and flies.

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I would have gone with the Duck Dynasty guys, talk about a phenomenon, though I suppose they’re too conservative, capitalist, and white for the Communist race pimp libs of TIME.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

She should have gotten it just for the 1ft long tongue of hers. The thing is so long she can’t even hold it in her mouth. It’s always hanging out there collecting dust and flies.

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Gene Simmons is the master of tongue-wagging. Miley looked ridiculous because she’s just an amateur.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I would have gone with the Duck Dynasty guys, talk about a phenomenon, though I suppose they’re too conservative, capitalist, and white for the Communist race pimp libs of TIME.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Indeed.

When a murderous thug like Assad makes the list, you know it isn’t serious.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Based on who has had the biggest impact on the world this year, the Time Man of the Year Award has an obvious choice: Barack Obama.

No one, absolutely no other single individual has created more chaos and turmoil in 2013 than Barack Obama. He may not have intended the outcomes that resulted, but he caused them.

No Truce With Kings on December 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Fairly soon now we’ll have the answer to the question which absolutely none of you have been asking.
 
Fairly soon as in a few topics ago in the headlines.

 
HotGas bleeding commenters, admin scratching collective heads to figure out why.
 
Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

 
Shut up and eat your Italian food, racist.

rogerb on December 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Indeed.

When a murderous thug like Assad makes the list, you know it isn’t serious.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

The pick isn’t about good or bad, it supposed to be about influence. Which individual, good or bad, had the most influence on the world in the past year.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Based on who has had the biggest impact on the world this year, the Time Man of the Year Award has an obvious choice: Barack Obama.

No one, absolutely no other single individual has created more chaos and turmoil in 2013 than Barack Obama. He may not have intended the outcomes that resulted, but he caused them.

No Truce With Kings on December 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Maybe next year after 100 million more people lose their insurance.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The pick isn’t about good or bad, it supposed to be about influence. Which individual, good or bad, had the most influence on the world in the past year.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Kathleen Sebelius? Nobody outside the US even knows who she is. A large segment of people in the US doesn’t know who she is.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I would have gone with the Duck Dynasty guys, talk about a phenomenon, though I suppose they’re too conservative, capitalist, and white for the Communist race pimp libs of TIME.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Bishop,

You forgot the biggest disqualifer.

Southern.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Of course we know the only reason Pope Francis was chosen by Time was because of his recent anti capitalist rant and other assorted progressive like statements or at least statements that could be sold to the uniformed as progressive. Unfortunately it now seems like the cardinals chose a pope with one foot in the dementia bucket.

JohnnyL on December 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

My guess would be Jazz wrote this story prior, took the rest of the day off and first thing this morning had a “oh fudge…I didn’t email in this piece! Let me hit send and hope nobody will notice.”

Renee on December 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

As a die-hard NY Jets fan along with Jazz, I can say unequivocally that our mental state this time of year isn’t operating at peak performance.

JetBoy on December 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Unfortunately it now seems like the cardinals chose a pope with one foot in the dementia bucket.

JohnnyL on December 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I think it’s more of a case that his foot is in his mouth.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I would have gone with the Duck Dynasty guys, talk about a phenomenon, though I suppose they’re too conservative, capitalist, and white for the Communist race pimp libs of TIME.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

http://i.imgur.com/2kpDhul.jpg

JetBoy on December 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Of course we know the only reason Pope Francis was chosen by Time was because of his recent anti capitalist rant and other assorted progressive like statements or at least statements that could be sold to the uniformed as progressive. Unfortunately it now seems like the cardinals chose a pope with one foot in the dementia bucket.

JohnnyL on December 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Let’s remember the key consideration Time uses when selecting their person of the year. What will sell copies of their magazine. Pope Francis on the cover will sell.

Personally, I think his selection is a year or too soon in terms of any real influence. Yes, he’s popular among Catholics but he really hasn’t had any sort of an impact on the Church or the world- yet.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

As a die-hard NY Jets fan along with Jazz, I can say unequivocally that our mental state this time of year isn’t operating at peak performance.

JetBoy on December 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

A problem Cowboys fans must share with you.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

http://i.imgur.com/2kpDhul.jpg

JetBoy on December 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Have one of those growing right out there in the shop, got it at Home Depot.

I normally hate Chia stuff but some kids who live in this house forced me to get it.

Bishop on December 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

When a murderous thug like Assad makes the list, you know it isn’t serious.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Especially when Wendy Davis didn’t make the cut. /

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

First Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of church dogma and luxury.

I guess I missed it when Francis unilaterally decided abortion is cool, and the gays getting married is the greatest thing since Jesus turned water into wine.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

No kidding.

They never miss an opportunity to insult Catholics and mislead others…

“As soon as Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope the same questions were asked again and again, to the point were answering them became almost banal. Would he change Catholic teaching on abortion, same-sex marriage, contraception, and female ordination? The inquiries were never theological, always social and moral, and usually came from people who have no concern for the Church in the first place.

What the Pope has been trying to explain for some time, if only we would listen, is that the Church remains the Church, and Church teachings remain Church teachings. But, he has emphasized, if people are not paying attention we must adapt the manner in which we speak to them and how we communicate that unchanging truth. To a degree he is succeeding in his efforts, but I sincerely wonder if it’s any more than a passing triumph, sending a quick thrill through the numb minds of Guardian columnists and their ilk.

The point about mainstream media depictions of Pope Francis – and by mainstream we invariably mean liberal – is that they report him almost exclusively through his economic statements, which is absurdly tendentious. The man speaks of sin, hell, the need for confession, more than I remember either Popes John Paul or Benedict doing, and none of this would please the very people who think the Holy Father a raving Leninist.

The problem is that however hard we try to adapt the volume and the tone so as to appeal to listeners, and even to liberal journalists, some are deaf to any tune we might sing. The future Church is part of a continuum, a seamless garment of guidance, God’s megaphone to – in the adapted words of C.S. Lewis – awake a sleeping world.

If anybody is looking for a book about the future of Catholicism that describes the church of nice, moving and morphing so as not to offend, please look elsewhere. It’s far too late, and serious, for that….”

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/heres_a_pope_who_condemns_unfettered_capitalism._so_he_must_be_a_marxist_ri

workingclass artist on December 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Personally, I think his selection is a year or too soon in terms of any real influence. Yes, he’s popular among Catholics but he really hasn’t had any sort of an impact on the Church or the world- yet.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Agreed.

workingclass artist on December 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

OT- Drudge has a report that there have been months-long secret talks between Cuba and the US. We recently learned that Obama had been in secret talks with Iran for about a year. Who else is this filthy Kenyan bastard making secret deals with. Besides Boehner and McConnell, of course.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Putin should be Person Of The Year for his Agust Speech to the Russian Duma (Parliament) alone: “In Russia live like Russians. Any
minority, from anywhere, if it wants to
live in Russia , to work and eat in
Russia , should speak Russian, and
should respect the Russian laws. If
they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life
of Muslim’s then we advise them to go
to those places where that’s the state
law. Russia does not need Muslim
minorities. Minorities need Russia , and

we will not grant them special
privileges, or try to change our laws to
fit their desires, no matter how loud
they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not
tolerate disrespect of our Russian
culture. We had better learn from the
suicides of America , England ,
Holland and France , if we are to
survive as a nation. The Muslims are
taking over those countries and they
will not take over Russia . The Russian
customs and traditions are not
compatible with the lack of culture or
the primitive ways of Sharia Law and
Muslims. When this honorable
legislative body thinks of creating new
laws, it should have in mind the
Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslim Minoritiesw are no Russians.”

MaiDee on December 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

OT- Drudge has a report that there have been months-long secret talks between Cuba and the US. We recently learned that Obama had been in secret talks with Iran for about a year. Who else is this filthy Kenyan bastard making secret deals with. Besides Boehner and McConnell, of course.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Zawahiri?

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

And there’s no requirement that you have to be a good guy or be making the world a better place… you just have to be the most notable and have the greatest impact.

Well, yes, there effectively is such a requirement, although it’s unstated. Or at least you have to be not evil enough to tick off the magazine’s readership. Time doesn’t want a repeat of 1979, when they selected Ayatollah Khomeini as Man of the Year and wound up with a lot of cancelled subscriptions. Notice how in 2001, they chose Rudy Giuliani in place of Osama Bin Laden, even though the latter had more of an impact on the same event that Giuliani’s selection was based on.

J.S.K. on December 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

He’s looking a little flabby, isn’t he?

avagreen on December 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

^^^Putin.

avagreen on December 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

He’s looking a little flabby, isn’t he?

avagreen on December 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I’m certainly not impressed. He looks an awful lot like……..me.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I didn’t see Silas Robertson on that list.

ToddPA on December 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

at least you have to be not evil enough to tick off the magazine’s readership. Time doesn’t want a repeat of 1979, when they selected Ayatollah Khomeini as Man of the Year and wound up with a lot of cancelled subscriptions.

My guess is that they had more cancelled subscriptions in 1979 than they do subscribers in 2013.

Speaking as a 2006 co-recipient of the honor, I think that this whole annual rite has become a meaningless publicity stunt. It has been years since the person or group (or thing like 1982′s naming of the computer) has really had lasting influence. It has essentially turned into who or what is dominating the news during the last four months of the year.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Rick Grimes.

/runs away

The Schaef on December 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

It has essentially turned into who or what is dominating the news during the last four months of the year.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I always find People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” to be extremely humorous because it’s never the same guy 2 years in a row. Last year’s guy is still “alive”, yet suddenly, he isn’t the sexiest.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I always find People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” to be extremely humorous because it’s never the same guy 2 years in a row. Last year’s guy is still “alive”, yet suddenly, he isn’t the sexiest.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

True, but their “Sexiest Man Alive” edition is probably still far more honest and compelling than Time’s “Man of the Year” tripe.

NotCoach on December 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I always find People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” to be extremely humorous because it’s never the same guy 2 years in a row. Last year’s guy is still “alive”, yet suddenly, he isn’t the sexiest.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Okay so I’ve put on a few pounds, so what? :)

JusDreamin on December 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Time’s Person of the Year is as anachronistic as the publication itself. Utterly meaningless as is the Nobel Peace Prize.

TXUS on December 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It’s the pope and he hasn’t even had the job for a whole year. Kinda like the prezzy who won the Nobel for future deeds.

Kissmygrits on December 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I guess I’m surprised that Time is still in print. I thought they went out of business a long time ago.

oldroy on December 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I always find People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” to be extremely humorous because it’s never the same guy 2 years in a row. Last year’s guy is still “alive”, yet suddenly, he isn’t the sexiest.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Yeah, that list has as much to do with who has a project they are plugging than anything else.

It has as much meaning as the Miss Universe Pageant. The earthling always wins.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

As a teen growing up overseas in the 70s and 80s, I read Time magazine religiously to keep up with the world. I left it far behind by the end of the 80s. Did I change, or did their reporting? I don’t know. I just know it is now as irrelevant as Newsweek, Mother Jones, and all the other leftie rags.

jya lai on December 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

As a teen growing up overseas in the 70s and 80s, I read Time magazine religiously to keep up with the world. I left it far behind by the end of the 80s. Did I change, or did their reporting? I don’t know. I just know it is now as irrelevant as Newsweek, Mother Jones, and all the other leftie rags.

jya lai on December 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

By the end of the 1980s (advent of cable news) and certainly by the 1990s (advent of the interweb), news magazines simply became irrelevant. They lack the depth and analysis of more scholarly publications and they are less gossipy than the celebrity rags. In short, they lost their audience.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

No one, absolutely no other single individual has created more chaos and turmoil in 2013 than Barack Obama. He may not have intended the outcomes that resulted, but he caused them.

No Truce With Kings on December 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

The man is a ‘human’ vortex generator. They (vortex generators) are designed to create turbulence…just like 0gabe does.

freedomfirst on December 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The fact that Miley Cyrus and Edith Watson (who the hell is this person anyway?) made the short list, and Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping did not shows just what a joke Time magazine has become. Pathetic.

Hayabusa on December 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Watson, Windsor, whatever, I still have no idea who this person is.

Hayabusa on December 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

What’s a magazine?

Galtian on December 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Time’s Man of the Year?
I’m going to guess Big Mooch.

What? Already picked?
Nevermind.

justltl on December 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I think it should be Joe Biden

congma on December 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Selfie, aka obama, per Dennis Miller

Schadenfreude on December 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Shut up and eat your Italian food, racist.

rogerb on December 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Some people just like to complain.

Sockpuppet Politic on December 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

MaiDee on December 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Dang, it’s pretty bad when the Russian President has better standards than our own despicable Liar-In-Chief.

Sterling Holobyte on December 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Person of the year is not about popularity or positive accomplishments. It is supposed to be the person who had the most effect on the world. I would put Barry up for this. He has screwed up everybody and the repercussions have cost lives and fortunes. He has had the most effect upon the world this year. Everybody is worse off.

bartbeast on December 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I was pulling for the Captain of that Korean airliner, Ho Lee Fuk, but no dice.

Bruno Strozek on December 11, 2013 at 6:34 PM