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Old 12-19-07, 09:00 AM
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Putin is named Time 'Person of the Year'

Interesting choice, and even more interesting is the generally positive light in which he's portrayed.
<b><a href = "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071219/ap_on_re_us/time_person_of_year_8;_ylt=AtFhFTKCtXLp8j6ylEGe7q4E1vAI">Putin is named Time 'Person of the Year'</b></a>

NEW YORK - Time magazine on Wednesday named Russian President Vladimir Putin its 2007 "Person of the Year."

The nod went to the Russian leader because of Putin's "extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability," said Richard Stengel, Time's managing editor.

Putin, 55, is enormously popular in Russia, presiding over a resurgent economy flush with revenue from oil and natural gas. But critics say he has moved the country away from Russia's democratic reforms of the 1990s by tightening control of the media, courts and parliament.

"He's the new czar of Russia and he's dangerous in the sense that he doesn't care about civil liberties, he doesn't care about free speech," Stengel said.

Putin recently endorsed protoge Dmitry Medvedev's presidential bid, and later said he would accept Medvedev's offer to serve as prime minister if Medvedev is elected in the March 2 election.

Many believe Putin would remain Russia's real leader, regardless of his title, though Putin has said he would not undermine his successor. The Russian constitution limits presidents to two consecutive terms.

Others who were in the running for Person of the Year included Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore and author J.K. Rowling.

This year's choice was a return to the magazine's tradition of picking an individual rather than last year's choice of anyone creating or using content on the World Wide Web.

Previous individual winners have included Bono, President George W. Bush and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.
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at least its not bush..still say WTF
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Wrong again.
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Congrats Dobby!
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love that commie rag
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I think Al Gore would have been a better choice. JK Rowling? Really?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony
love that commie rag
The commie rag that named Bush as the man of the year in 2004?

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I'm disappointed that I was not able to claim the title for the second year in a row.
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Originally Posted by cinten
The commie rag that named Bush as the man of the year in 2004?
Forget it, he's rolling.

Facts seem to go out the window when it comes to criticizing the Time Magazine Person of the Year. The other day I was listening to some right-wing talk show host (Dennis Miller, I think, but I'm not sure) pontificate about how it should be the American Soldier, but of course Time Magazine would never do something like recognize the contribution of our servicemen.

Want to guess who was named the 2003 Person of the Year?
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I agree with it, although I find the viewpoint of Time intriguing.
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Man/Person of the Year is not always an honor. Remember that Hitler and Ayatollah Khomeinhi were both Man of the Year once because they were simply the most newsworthy people those years.
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I was thinking Ahmadinejad, but the more I consider it, Putin seems like a good choice.
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My vote would have been for Tay Zonday or Nick Pitera
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The tradition of selecting a Man of the Year began in 1927, when Time editors contemplated what they could write about during a slow news week. Primarily, they sought to remedy an editorial embarrassment from earlier that year when the magazine did not put aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. At the end of the year, they came up with the idea of a cover story about Lindbergh being the "Man of the Year."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_the_Year

List available at wiki link. Endangered Earth, 1988 selection: "Planet of the Year"; abstract choice. Woohoo! Take that Mars!
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I figured it would be Al Gore. They've been throwing awards at him all year.
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Look who got People that Mattered: http://www.time.com/time/specials/20...693558,00.html
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Originally Posted by wishbon3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_the_Year

List available at wiki link. Endangered Earth, 1988 selection: "Planet of the Year"; abstract choice. Woohoo! Take that Mars!
i think someone got to wiki - when i clicked on the link it looked like this had happened...

"2004 Paul Rudd b. 1946 For his role in Friends "

sorry i can't copy the page...but congrats to mr. rudd - i'm sure his role in anchorman helped win the honor.
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Originally Posted by Venusian
Billiam the YouTube snowman did help point out the asininity of the YouTube debates, but his fifteen minutes are over.
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Originally Posted by cinten
The commie rag that named Bush as the man of the year in 2004?
Yeah, but wasn't that the year that Time was debating whether it should be Bush or Bin Laden? I don't think they meant it as an honor, but more in the Hitler/Khomeini vein. I'd have to go back and re-read the article, but I seem to remember it focused mainly on his role pulling us into war - an unnecessary and catastrophic one in their mind, I would assume - and not what an accomplished leader or great man he was or anything like that.
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You know, this is all just a big conspiracy to discredit Ron Paul.

Think about it. Does Pooty-Poot have his own blimp?
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Originally Posted by joliom
Yeah, but wasn't that the year that Time was debating whether it should be Bush or Bin Laden? I don't think they meant it as an honor, but more in the Hitler/Khomeini vein...
You referring to Bush or OBL. Outside of moral alliances, OBL and Bush had (and still have) people who died for their causes.
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I was thinking Ahmadinejad, but the more I consider it, Putin seems like a good choice.
You could throw Chavez in there, it's not like he didn't try.
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I want some Vicky Putin.
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Poor AlGore, he missed out on this AND the Heisman this year.
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We need a Global Hug.
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