In 2006. That was when Time looked at the rise of open-publishing platforms like Wikipedia, YouTube, and Facebook, and decided the most influential person was the collective “you.” It was cheesy, trite, and had the exact effect Time wanted: everybody talked about it.
“Man of the Year”—it became “person” in 1999—is arguably the Trumpiest possible tradition in magazine journalism. And not just because of Trump’s narcissism and apparent obsession with appearing on the cover.
Inside Donald Trump’s obsession with being Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
On Friday night, Donald Trump proclaimed that he would probably be Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2017 — except that he didn’t really want the honor.
That statement wasn’t, strictly speaking, true.
“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year,” a Time spokeswoman said in a statement. “Time does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”
“Amazing,” tweeted Time’s chief content officer, Alan Murray. “Not a speck of truth here — Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME’s person of the year.”
Amazing. Not a speck of truth here—Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME’s person of the year
Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME’s person of the year
President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he turned down a potential offer to be TIME Magazine’s coveted “Person of the Year” after, Trump says, the magazine told him he would “probably” be given…
If any of this shocks you, you haven’t been paying attention. In fact, Trump’s focus on Time magazine — and especially the publication’s choice for man/person of the year — is a long-running obsession that predates his political career.
“I knew last year that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn’t include me in their Top 100…,” Trump tweeted in October 2012.
He sounded a similar note the following April. “The Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People is a joke and stunt of a magazine that will, like Newsweek, soon be dead. Bad list!,” he tweeted. (Trump didn’t make the list. This fact should not stun you.)
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