December 31, 2007

POY

Vladimir Putin has managed to poison enough political opponents, imprison enough private industrialists, and murder enough journalists to achieve the kind of stability that the editors of Time magazine find laudable.

While acknowledging that "Putin is not a boy scout.", and that "TIME's Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest", the magazine passed over another candidate who just as fully met the Time criterion of "leadership—bold, earth-changing leadership."

But to recognize the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, the magazine would have implicitly praised the leadership of George W. Bush, and that was unthinkable, at least on their cover and for the historical record. In their granting to Gen. Petraeus their recognition as one of several "runners-up", the magazine can allow only that "Petraeus has not failed, which, given the anarchy and pessimism of February, must be considered something of a triumph."

Despite Time's disclaimers, Putin is granted worldwide prestige and legitimacy by the hype. That's a shame. And it's no surprise that the conservative press is all in the Petraeus camp for POY:

(London) Telegraph

The Weekly Standard

National Review

FrontPage Magazine

Posted by dan at December 31, 2007 11:30 AM