Newly elected US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were named Time’s “Person of the Year” on Thursday. They were selected from a list of finalists that also included Frontline Health Care Workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Donald Trump, and Movement for Racial Justice.
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said Biden and Harris were chosen because they changed the American story, showed that the forces of empathy are stronger than the rage of division, and because they presented a vision of healing a world in grief.
The person of the year is usually an individual, but there have been cases in the past when more people have been awarded the title. According to the magazine, the title goes to the one, “who has influenced the news and our lives the most, for better or worse.”
Throughout history, people like Hitler and Stalin have also received the Time’s Person of the Year award.
Unfortunately, the magazine failed to explain how the award escaped thousands of health workers who face the consequences and difficult times of the pandemic through daily sacrifice and struggle.
It is not clear how the award could have been given to people who have not yet even entered the oval office through which they could implement the reforms and policies they advocate.
The award appears to have been awarded based on the promises of Biden and Harris, not on tangible and achieved results.
Many critics of this selection have declared the award “Propaganda of the Year”, after last year’s selection of Greta Thunberg, and this year’s winners Biden and Harris.
Some compared the selection of this year’s laureates to Barack Obama’s election for the Nobel Peace Prize and his peace speech at the reception, although he actively led several wars at the time and planned to land 30,000 troops in Afghanistan.
The editors had an easier job this year than ever since it’s hard to imagine a better winner than our health professionals, but they managed to pick the wrong one.
Another step in the wrong direction of the mainstream media.