Chavez wins “Person of the Year” poll … Time Magazine ignores result

2006-12-21

Richard Moore

Original source URL:
http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/
[as of 19 Dec 2006]

Who Should Be Person of the Year?

TIME's Person of the Year is the person or persons who most affected the news 
and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the 
year. Who do you think fits the bill this year?

        35% Hugo Chavez
        21% Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
        11% Nancy Pelosi
        11% The YouTube Guys
        8% George W. Bush
        7% Al Gore
        5% Condoleezza Rice
        2% Kim Jong Il

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Original source URL:
http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/time_hugo_chavez_award.htm

Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores result

By Hands Off Venezuela
Monday, 18 December 2006

A few days ago, Time Magazine announced the winner of its annual "Person of the 
Year" award. Many supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution will be disappointed 
to hear that Hugo Chavez did not make it despite the fact that he won Time's 
online poll by a wide margin and got 35% of the votes. This is significant, as 
Chavez had been the number 1 in the poll for several weeks and was clearly set 
to win the award. Instead, it seems we all have won the award! Indeed, the 2006 
Person of the Year is "you" and much is made of the Web 2.0 and one of its 
foremost brainchildren, the online video service YouTube. For that matter Hands 
Off Venezuela is also a happy user of YouTube, but still we find it quite 
amazing that not a word is said about why the winner of Time's own readers poll 
is simply ignored and not even mentioned. The link to their online poll is 
simply not there any more, although after some Google searching we traced it 
back to www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/, where you can see the 
results for yourself.

You don't have to be a believer in conspiracy theories to assume that clearly 
the Time Magazine editorial board was not happy with the choice of its readers! 
Surely the so-called "liberal" magazine did not like the result of its own poll 
and decided to pick its own candidate, you.

Interestingly, the present issue of Time carries another article called "Power 
to the People" (read it here), which starts by saying:

€  "Meet 15 citizens-including a French rapper, a relentless reviewer and a real
life lonely girl-of the new digital democracy"

In the whole magazine there are many lauding words for this "digital democracy" 
but ironically Time decided to ignore its own "digital democracy" and hide the 
fact that 35% voted for Hugo Chavez and 21% for the Iranian President Mahmoud 
Ahmadinejad. It is true that an online poll is not a very scientific tool but 
surely it would have been worth to at least point out who won the Time poll in 
the first place? If not, what is the point of organising one on your own 
website? Maybe because they did not want the winner to be a popular President of
a country where "power to the people" is not just an empty phrase but is being 
implemented in practice in the real world, and who has been democratically 
elected time and time again?
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