The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
2004 Special Person of the Year
Taibbi calls bullshit.
And really, not a moment too soon - I mean, person of the year? This paragraph from TIME's mini-hagiography just boggles the fucking mind:
For sharpening the debate until the choices bled, for reframing reality to match his design, for gambling his fortunes—and ours—on his faith in the power of leadership, George W. Bush is TIME's 2004 Person of the Year.So far, none of those three attributes have resulted in anything close to a positive, especially the last one. Bush's "gambling" (magazine code for "seeing what crazy, far-right shit he can get away with, consequences be damned") has resulted in ever-spiraling hatred towards and peril for the country he leads. Yet somehow, a meaningless honor designed to sell magazines fails to take this into account.