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Bill and Melinda Gates with Bono are Time Magazine's Persons of the Year

According to Time Magazine -the Person of the Year is chosen - with an aim to pick “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives.”

A Time article said “When you look at the number of people who die from the kind of diseases and poverty that the Gates’ and Bono are fighting, the death tolls are far greater than what occurs in natural disasters or wars,” he told Reuters.

The founder of computer giant Microsoft Corp., whose personal fortune of $46.5 billion topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest again this year, and his wife were named for their work in the Gates Foundation, the world’s biggest charity with a $29 billion endowment, while Bono was described as the “rocker who has made debt reduction sexy.”

“Bono charmed and bullied and morally blackmailed the leaders of the world’s richest countries into forgiving $40 billion in debt owed by the poorest,” Time said.

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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 12:01 PM | Back to top

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What is the deal with Time's "...of the Year". A couple of years ago, they were considering making Osama BinLaden "Man of the Year" and everyone pitched a fit. Their explanation was that the "...of the Year" entitlement was not meant to convey an honoring of accomplishment, but was only meant to signal the biggest "news-maker" of the year - in which case BinLaden would have certainly fit the bill.

Has that changed? I certainly don't think Bono and the Gates were the biggest "news-makers" of the year, and the article goes on and on about their humanitarian accomplishments - exactly the opposite of the reasonings they have given in the past for the designation. The speak nothing of their.

If anything, the biggest news-makers this year would be people (or things) like Michael Brown (FEMA), Hurriance Katrina, or Karl Rove.

Left by Ron Shelton on Dec 20, 2005 4:13 PM

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