Keller @ Large: Person Of The Year Debate

A blog by WBZ's Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – In a couple of weeks, Time Magazine will pick its person of the year for the 83rd time, and their choices are always good for a robust water-cooler debate.

By their own account, Time’s idea of the person of the year is someone who “for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

Watch Jon’s WBZ-TV report

This isn’t the hero of the year award; Time picked Hitler once and Stalin twice, and they picked Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 when much of the world was in an uproar over Iran’s turn toward fanaticism, which is precisely what made the Ayatollah qualified.

Sometimes, they make choices that are both creative and puzzling, like the 2006 selection of “You,” meaning every exhibitionist using the web to broadcast their dubious YouTube videos, a pick that could only have been made by the grown-up narcissists-turned-magazine-editors of the Baby Boom generation, Time’s 1966 choice as people of the year.

Still, the Time award is always a good conversation starter, and this year’s list of nominees is no exception. There’s Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who certainly did make a splash this year and may have just done us a huge favor by exposing how easy it is to tap into our confidential info. The Chilean miners are on the list, and their story certainly was compelling. And there’s Lady Gaga – fill in your own punch line.

But have any of them really had major influence on current events?

How could Time possibly overlook Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the leadership of Iran, the rogue nation the Wikileaks documents show half the world is freaking out about?

Where is Senator Scott Brown, whose election foreshadowed this fall’s political upheaval that transformed balance of power in Washington?

Shouldn’t Hillary Clinton at least have gotten a nod, now that the Wikileaks stuff shows she’s been doing some world class wheeling and dealing?

OK, I’ve got you started. Let the debate begin.

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  • kpro

    All I’m saying is… was there some kind of exchange? Not releasing certain information for “person of the year” in time??? That’s all I’m sayin!

  • Matt

    Judging from the number of times you cited WikiLeaks in your report, Mr. Assange has a substantial amount of impact on our world this year! For better or for worse, he is clearly one of the more important people of the year.

  • mikey

    For 64 Cher looks terrific. LeBron James? What’s his claim to fame, having the world’s biggest ego?

  • taxedout

    Chuck Turner….And you wonder why this state is like it is!!!!

  • TeeKay

    Glen Beck.

  • RJ

    What about Bill Gates for Time Person of the Year? He had a big impact on technology and the way we live our lives and now as a philanthropist he is making an impact on world health.

  • kazz

    Hey Keller, who the hell cares what you think? You’re even less fascinating than anyone on this list. How about a little less Keller at Large and a little more News.

    • mikey


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