posted on Dec, 21 2004 @ 06:25 PM
TIME responds to reader furor over picking Bush as person of the year
Time Magazine has issued this form letter to all readers who complained about the magazine’s choice of President George W. Bush as person of the
We regret your disappointment over the selection of President Bush as TIME’s Person of the Year.
But perhaps we should remind you of the traditional standard by which the editors make their annual choice. The Person of the Year is not an award or
a tribute. The question at the center of the selection process is, Who or what, for better or worse, has affected the way we live today? The answer to
that question could be a force for good (for example, Winston Churchill, Man of the Year, 1940; Dwight Eisenhower, 1944) or for evil (Adolf Hitler,
Man of the Year, 1939; Ayatullah Khomeini, 1979).
And to the latter, President George W. Bush must be added for 2004 – there is no one else whose agenda and actions in the past year had such universal
impact. As managing editor Jim Kelly noted in his Letter From the Editor, Bush has had his highs and lows over the past four years, but in the end he
prevailed in the 2004 election by “persuading a majority of voters this time around that he deserved to be in the White House for another four years.”
Thank you for writing. We appreciated having the opportunity to respond to your concerns.
and a reader responds again to Time magazine:
Dear Time Magazine,
With all due respect, a significant number of us do not for a minute believe that Bush prevailed by convincing a majority of voters he deserved a
If you would turn your attention to recent developments in both Ohio and Florida, you may have chosen your person of the year differently.
Hearings, forums and numerous published data, including statistical analysis by at least three Ph.D’s suggest there was indeed voter intimidation,
supresssion and tampering in both Ohio and in Florida. Several lawyers have filed charges in state courts. This is not conspiracy theory dialogue,
mind you. Nor are they the the ravings of Internet bloggers. Every day new developments come forth and all are confirmed.