Thursday, May 03, 2007

TIME's 100 most influential people ... no Bush

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.


Anonymous said...

This is essentially an American list.

Bollywood is bigger than Hollywood yet not a single Bollywood individual. How about Carlos Slim Hel - 2nd richets man in the world? How about Narayan Murthy who built the outsourcing giant that US is losing jobs to and going to lose jobs to?

What about writers? How come there are hardly any in your list? Don't they influnece the world? Nora Roberts - come of it. JK Rowling has more influnce on the future than her.

American Football and Baseball? Who cares about that outside the USA? What about more soccer stars or rugby or cricket?

this just shows how narrow minded and illiterate Time's panel is.

Jill said...

Let's face it. Influence is peddled by the insatiable interest in the famous (infamous). Why else would Paris Hilton make so much news even though her talent is uh... People slow down to look at a car wreck. Those wonderful nobodies who do so much for humanity do so because they can. While I like George Clooney, even he would say because of who he is, a cause will earn a second look by someone. Bush's influence lies in the fact that he has made so many people mad.

Robert said...

Unless you believe it's an automatic in, Bush shouldn't be on the list because he's a puppet of the Neocons. No one believes anything he says anymore. He is absolutely the worst President in U.S. history. Even his supporters can see he is confused and slow. I don't know who's on it, but instead of Bush it should contain Cheny and Rove. They are certainly 2 of the most influental people currently living. They for instance tell the President what to do. One has to laugh at the thought of Bush 43, generating any form of influental thought.