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TIME’s Person of the Year: The Protester?!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:26 am

Sometimes, someone else tackles a topic so thoroughly, you really don’t need to blog it independently. All you need to do is clap, summarize, and link.

Clap. Ed Morrissey really nails this at Hot Air.

Summarize. He notes that the Arab protests that toppled dictators didn’t merit a “protester is Person of the Year” conclusion. And the Tea Party, which sent shock waves through American politics, didn’t merit a “protester is Person of the Year” conclusion. No, the year we got “the protester” as Person of the Year was the year the “protester” was this guy (nauseating photo beneath the fold):


Meanwhile, here is another Person of the Year explaining why blocking the ports supposedly helps the 99%.

74 Responses to “TIME’s Person of the Year: The Protester?!”

  1. Protester=kabuki theatre

    AZ Bob (7dbcdc)

  2. The fact that they left off Seal Team 6, is more telling, but also perfectly logical, ‘from a certain point of view’

    narciso (87e966)

  3. Or how about the classic photo of the fat guy sleeping in the Wisconsin Capital with the dirty feet. Person of the Year. And yet those in his own home don’t want him. Figures.

    dfbaskwill (ca54bb)

  4. If Time thinks they may sell a lot of individual copies to the OWS crowd and their proud parents and grandparents they may end up being a little disappointed.

    elissa (2f59fa)

  5. OWS has no money to waste on magazines.

    Kevin M (23e6af)

  6. Time stayed true to form.

    PatAZ (c65c00)

  7. You would think “the Unemployed” would be more fitting. After all, what is the defining story of 2011 if it isn’t the crappy economy?

    Kevin M (563f77)

  8. Pooing on cop cars is perfectly ok for these punks.

    Oh wait of course it is.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  9. I do not like Romney but if you don’t want a mormon in the white house don’t vote for Scary Reid than.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  10. If he decides to run for president.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  11. 20,000 residents of Wukan, China, have tossed out their Communist Party officials and their town is currently surrounded by security forces. The media, including Time, will barely cover it. Civil disobedience and unrest against real oppressors happens every day but unless it fits the narrative the media wants to sell, its story will get starved.

    deepelemblues (ea26b9)

  12. I’ve always somewhat disliked their periodic habit of naming an abstract entity, instead of an individual person, as person of the year.

    I would have picked Mohamed Bouazizi, the guy whose death triggered the Tunisian uprising.

    aphrael (5d993c)

  13. I could have gone for Obama’s golf putter.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  14. OWS protestors are beloved by the MFM.

    JD (8edcef)

  15. The same mfm who thinks we’re taking away the bears habitats never mind there are more than enough forests and state parks.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  16. Cavuto agrees with me that this does affect the flow of Christmas goods. Hmmm

    Icy (38a225)

  17. Will TIME be featuring the cop car crapper photo on its cover? along with the lede: “His mom is SO proud of him”?

    Icy (38a225)

  18. When TIME folds, will they put themselves on the final cover as FAILURE OF THE YEAR?

    AD-RtR/OS! (f706df)

  19. Leave it to losers to admire losers. Times year in pictures had not one picture of the tea parties. We should’ve thrown some Molotov cocktails. Then we’d be respected.

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  20. We could have all been pulling on bongs and holding up Ron Paul for President signs.

    Then we’d be respected.


    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  21. Ha! You said Ron Paul and respect in the same post.

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  22. There is a lot to respect about Ron Paul . . .

    as well as a lot to NOT respect.

    In a civilized society maximum liberty will work.
    Uncompromising liberty only “works” in an anarchic society. IF we were all hermits then Ron Paul should be President For Life. Unfortunately, we have to interact with each other — in one form or another — on a daily basis.

    Icy (38a225)

  23. “IF we were all hermits then Ron Paul should be President For Life.”

    Icy – I would have no issues voting for Ron Paul to be president of the attic where he should be stashed away.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  24. Icy,
    I understand disagreeing with his policies, but how does that cause a lack of respect?

    My best friend is a socialist. Should we not respect each other because we disagree? A lack of respect should stem from dishonesty. Ron Paul believes what he says, and he’s consistent.

    I’m just trying to understand why so many small government republicans despise Dr. No instead of just disagreeing with him. There should be ten times more contempt for Gingrich or Romney than for Paul.

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  25. Ghost, I said there is a lot to not respect about him. I don’t disrespect the man, but I cannot claim to respect the opinions of a man whose foreign policy boils down to “if you would like to purchase a life preserver then I will consider selling you one, after we settle on a fair-market price; if, however, you wish for me to just throw you a life preserver, then you’re SOL.” And I cannot respect the opinions of a man whose domestic policy includes allowing individuals in our already heavily over-medicated society to write their own prescriptions.

    Icy (38a225)

  26. Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  27. Back in 1968, Time’s editorial board had selected ‘The Dissenter’ as their ‘man of the year’ cover but quickly deep sixed it in the wake of the success of Apollo 8’s Christmas time circumlunar flight, selecting the crew, Borman, Lovell and Anders their The ‘men of the year.’ The MOY, aka ‘person of the year’ was a Luce gimmick from inception to tweak chatter and sales in the holiday season. In today’s media universe it fades very fast but when their editrorial board goes w/a- generic category selection like this, it only means they couldn’t decide on any one individual– something most posters on this blog most likely would attempt with glee.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  28. I nominate DSCSA as International Man of Parody of the Year.

    JD (8edcef)

  29. @29. Wrong. If you read closely, the author states, “my guess is that there were many other candidates who ended up on the cutting room floor..” In fact, he is guessing. The ‘dissenter’ was selected and after Apollo 8 splashed down, a cover was quickly painted ‘as displayed’ for the end-of-year run for the pub, which back in the day, was when the pub was released, not as earlier in the month as it is today..

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  30. I nominate the guy who stole the teleprompter.

    sickofrinos (44de53)

  31. IMP was working with Gunga Dan back the, which was before he worked for CNN, sniffed Limbaugh, or NSA, but after his Christmas soccer in Moscow, or his time with Thatcher, or playing in the shower with Van Braun.

    JD (8edcef)

  32. #2.

    Right On, Right On, Right On…as us old Vietnam protesters used to say.

    PC14 (738e3d)

  33. @30– and here’s a manned space postscript holiday gift for you. The famous iconic photo of ‘man on the moon’– you know, the one of Buzz Aldrin standing alone on the edge of a crater, is in fact, a picture of a man peeing on the moon. ‘Inside baseball’ stuff in space circles but Buzz took a moment in their busy schedule to pause and fill his urine collection bag and was just finishing up finished as Armstrong took the picture. True story.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  34. The protester – one of the 47% who pay nothing in taxes and receive from the government
    The protest of the Arab islamic spring

    Joe (d4f7fe)

  35. IMP is besties with Armstrong and Aldrin.

    JD (8edcef)

  36. I’ve rarely read Time but based just on cover stories I’ve seen looking at the magazine rack they started getting cretinous after they were taken over by Time Warner. Some I can recall were:

    Showing Saddam Hussein’s face with a smaller picture of Clinton pointing at him. I forget the title but the idea was Clinton was confronting Hussein.

    A story about how Clinton had changed Presidential style.

    A story about the NIE conclusion that Iran wasn’t pursuing nukes with the headline “Now They Tell Us”. I assume the article expressed little or no skepticism about the NIE’s conclusion which was (at the time) obviously a politically driven conclusion.

    Gerald A (9d78e8)

  37. Time tends to think global for this gimmick but if they go generic, would have gone with ‘the bankers’ given their responsibility- or irresponsibility- for waves of economic displacement sloshing around the planet, literally and figuratively, over the protesters.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  38. No Clinton was pointing at him because he was angry because he couldn’t get Saddam to give him fellatio.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  39. @#30, and FYI:

    “During the last week of 1968 the Associated Press repolled its 1278 newspaper editors, who overwhelmingly voted Apollo 8 the story of the year. Time discarded “The Dissenter” in favor of Borman, Lovell, and Anders…”- source, NASA, “The Apollo Expeditions To The Moon, Chapter 9′”

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  40. The International Man of Parody knew Buzz Aldrin’s prostate on a first name basis.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  41. IMP is on a roll today. Making shlt up left and right.

    JD (8edcef)

  42. The International douschebag of mystery knows the pet name of Buzz’s wife.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  43. TIME doesn’t like the Tea Party. Somebody call the waaahmbulance…

    In case you guys didn’t notice, that’s an Arab protester on the cover. The political situation in the Middle East got flipped on its ear; I think that’s a bigger deal than a bunch of grumpy Mexican-hating Floridians giving Marco Rubio a chance to disappoint them.

    Ed Morrissey can sit back and denigrate the fact that protesters in Syria are getting mowed down by the government, but the fact that they’re willing to get mowed down in the first place is the reason that they warrant recognition where the Tea Party (and the Occupy types) do not.

    To be fair, though, the Tea Party did have to deal with some meany-pants remarks from snide liberal pundits. The sheer bravery of it… it’s inspiring.

    Leviticus (241540)

  44. Time, Newsweek, LA Times —

    Jeopardy answer: “What are things people used to subscribe to.”

    Kevin M (563f77)

  45. Tea Partiers hate Mexicans. It is true. Leviticus said so.

    JD (8edcef)

  46. When I was in Steve Pearce’s office in 2008, a group from Arizona came by to complain that the intercom announcements in their local mall were starting to come in Spanish and English, not just English.

    One guy was like, “you can bet that if I was going to spend time down in Mexico I’d take the time to learn the language.”

    Sure you would, buddy.

    Leviticus (241540)

  47. I think the vet without the legs that did the mud run with JD is more of a man of the year than anything Time has come out with lately

    EricPWJohnson (4380b4)

  48. El el estadio de fútbol americano aquí en Chicago, se utiliza para hacer los anuncios en tres lenguas – inglés, español y polaco. Racist one-world government loving libtard soccer fans.

    (the above is satire)

    carlitos (49ef9f)

  49. Yeah, I don’t see a lot of Arizonans learning Spanish for their jaunts to Sonora for whatever…

    carlitos (49ef9f)

  50. This is Time’s idea of fast breaking news coverage. Dead tree media discovers public protest is a good thing two years late? Couldn’t even find a photo of the Tea Party that got the whole world moving against wasteful, corrupt, bloated governments everywhere.

    Jeff (5eabdf)

  51. Leviticus,
    2008 was before the tea party. Buh bye now. Thanks for playing.

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  52. We hate mexicans?

    How does hating illegals translates to hating mexicans especially when illegals can be palestinians south koreans or Israelis?

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  53. Or even Canadians, eh?

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  54. 53.We hate mexicans?

    How does hating illegals translates to hating mexicans especially when illegals can be palestinians south koreans or Israelis?

    Comment by Dohbiden — 12/14/2011 @ 3:23 pm

    You don’t listen to voices in your head projecting bigotry, so you wouldn’t understand.

    What??? (721840)

  55. In defense of IMP, when you compare what he writes here to the OpEd in today’s WSJ co-authored by AlGore, IMP comes across as a bleeding genius.

    AD-RtR/OS! (f706df)

  56. True, that was performance art, worthy of Andy Kaufmann

    narciso (87e966)

  57. And which usual suspect is “What???”?

    Icy (38a225)

  58. I’m a bigot?

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  59. We will not die in 2012 I mean the democraps grip on the presidency might but not us.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  60. Climate change is not a bad thing I mean it has been changing for a long time.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  61. I would have picked Mohamed Bouazizi, the guy whose death triggered the Tunisian uprising.
    Comment by aphrael — 12/14/2011 @ 9:51 am

    — aphrael, I’m assuming that by now you have actually read the TIME story(?)

    Icy (38a225)

  62. Obama is man of the year.

    We truly are living in Obama’s America. Division and anger. Lazy morons ‘occupying’ instead of convincing anyone of anything. Iran holding our drone because President Gutsy Call already got his little victory. Most of the progress bled for in the middle east being wasted away. Job seekers giving up. Debt ceiling going way up.

    It’s Obama’s year. There are other good suggestions, of course.

    It’s so funny to me that Obama was person of the year before we had a chance to live under the consequences of Obama’s failures. There’s a reason History Couldn’t Wait, I guess.

    Dustin (cb3719)

  63. it’s somehow fitting
    that Time magazine would pick
    the pinch-a-loaf guy

    Colonel Haiku (2add70)

  64. Why did that prick call me a bigot?

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  65. Hey SpartacBS the ice isn’t melting.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  66. ______________________________________________

    Tea Partiers hate Mexicans. It is true. Leviticus said so.

    Of course, by contrast, so many liberals — certainly of the variety that works at Time magazine in Manhattan (a protected little world for the champagne socialist) — are so loving and tolerant. It’s merely an odd coincidence that quite a few of them — certainly if given their druthers — will hesitate about sending their precious little kids to schools with a predominantly Latino student body.

    And it’s merely an odd coincidence that quite a few people on the left also will flinch a bit when contemplating having to move their residence to a typical community in Mexico. Baffling, too, because that nation — year after year, decade after decade — happens to be such a safe, prosperous, stable, enviable, advanced, erudite, corruption-free part of the world.

    Mark (411533)

  67. That is DSCSA/IMP in the photo in the post.

    JD (318f81)

  68. Doesn’t crapping lead to gorebull warming?

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  69. snark at OWS all you want, but there is at least one thing they have gotten right which the Tea Party has not.

    The Tea Party is trying to change things using normal political tools in normal political ways–they are simply trying to improve the quality of the input into our political system, and nothing more.

    OWs understands that the political system, if it is to be changed, has to be changed from the outside, by means that are part of conventional politics and not performed in the normal political ways. They also understand that the problems we face include a good deal more than the political system. The Tea Part seems to either not understand this or else is trying to ignore it.

    The solutions OWS wants to impose are wrong, but their analysis of the problem is, in general, correct.

    JBS (d785be)

  70. Actually they are not getting anywhere, really;

    which is a little distressing because we’ve seen what tactics they have used in the past in late 19th Century France, Spain, Russia, and even the US

    narciso (87e966)

  71. Joe Kennedy is an useful idiot.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  72. Thanks for the drive-by

    Icy (5f90f2)

  73. That is the same troll that thought Teh Won’s biggest mistake was trying to compromise with Republicans. It is just the newest incarnation of a previously banned troll.

    JD (8edcef)

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