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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 10:44 AM
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24. Get Serious
First, a collective PERSON of the year? That's a punt on Time's part. It was a clear attempt at avoiding the real naming of a Person of the Year and doing the marketable thing, whether or not it made sense.

Secondly, why would they be PERSON of the year? What did they do that they didn't do last year? They were in Afganistan then. They've been in Kosovo for 7 years. Exactly what was different about the military man or woman in 2003 as opposed to the last 100 years? Answer: nothing.

Third, there is nothing that any of the troops did to make and shape the direction of the news. That's what Time's criteria says. (It's on their website.) These folks don't shape the battle plans, develop strategic direction, or make the geopolitical decisions. They're just following the orders of the superior officers. So, they're not newsmakers. They are the instruments of the actual newsmakers.

Fourth, this is a clear and direct attempt of a major player in the 4th estate to target a one week uptick in sales by playing to the sentiment of the american people, which is cynical and unbecoming of a "free press". They're not supposed to be cheerleading for war. They're supposed to be covering it.

That's enough. I'm bored with having to explain something this simple. I could probably write on this for another hour. But, you wouldn't read the whole thing, i fear. If you needed someone to explain this to you, i would suggest your mind is already made up. I'll waste no effort trying to convince you.
The Professor
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