Sometimes even people in the media think The Media is out of touch ... like now.
TIME Magazine has just released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Tina Fey is on it. So is Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Condie Rice, Nancy Pelosi and Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger. There's tennis star Roger Federer and actor George Clooney. There are some bad guys like Osama bin Laden and Sudanese dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir. And you'll find, Tyra Banks, Tony Dungy, Oprah Winfrey and Michael J. Fox, too.
But you won't find President George W. Bush, the leader of the free world.
The one man on earth whose actions can ripple through every nation. The one man who can demand and get free TV time at any moment of the day. The one man who, whether you agree or disagree, can change the future for hundreds of millions of people. And he's not "influential"?
George W. Bush, love him or hate him, has influenced more of our world in the past year ... the past six-plus years than almost any other figure except Osama bin Laden. Yet, Roger Federer makes the list and Bush doesn't. How brainless is that?
Clearly, TIME isn't saying that "influential" must mean the person has a positive influence on human events. And comparing the influence of Osama against, say, Tina Fey begs for an explanation from TIME's editors. No, wait ... nevermind. Who cares?
TIME hurts its own credibility with these ridiculous lists that reflect nothing important about the human community.