Friday, December 15, 2006

Editorial control

In case you're wondering how Time Magazine picks its Person of the Year -- a selection given much over-weighted coverage in the media world, George Bush explained today how the 2003 selection was made --

In every decision Don Rumsfeld made over the past six years, he always put the troops first, and the troops in the field knew it. A few years ago, the editors at Time Magazine came to his Pentagon office, and Don correctly suspected they were thinking of naming him "Person of the Year." Without hesitation, Don Rumsfeld told them, don't give it to me. Give it to our men and women in uniform -- and that's exactly what Time Magazine did. (Applause.)

UPDATE: For tonight's shameless cross-promotion of the selection on CNN, Powerline's "Hindrocket" was amongst those consulted for a suggestion.

FINAL UPDATE: "Hindrocket's" post above is worth a look in light of the actual selection, "You", which seems to have been motivated by his suggestion of You Tube for the honour ("I offered the guys who invented YouTube as candidates; they are not exactly household names, but the impact of their innovation was one of the interesting stories of 2006 and had immediate impact"). As he notes in a postscript --

The idea is that the big phenomenon of 2006 was user-generated content, i.e., blogs, YouTube and MySpace. I think that's probably right; in fact, I'm slightly gratified that my nomination of the YouTube founders turned out to be the winning choice, sort of. I do think, though, that if they're going to do a Phenomenon of the Year award, they should stop calling it Person of the Year.

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