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Praetorianus December 17th, 2015 5:38am

ISIS leader al Baghdadi is leading Time magazine's shortlist for person of the year, only bested by Angela Merkel. Do you think people despised by most Americans but influential should be considered for person of the year?

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12/17/15 3:30 pm

Make your own magazine, then you decide.

suppressedID keep Summer safe
12/17/15 11:30 am

It's a NEWS magazine and this guy has driven the NEWS cycle - globally.

No, it's not marketing or a popularity contest. Subscribe to People if you want fluff.

12/17/15 9:17 am

Isn't Time an American rag? Even if it's influence and subscription rate has dumped. Shows how out of touch they are...

skinner Jersey City
12/17/15 9:08 am

No, we should not be advertising for terrorist groups.

Diknak Ohio
12/17/15 6:55 am

"Person of the year" is not "who's the most popular"; it's who is the most influential to the world. Hitler was once person of the year. If you really understood that then you wouldn't have such a ridiculous request.

ZaQ777 Pittsburgh
12/17/15 6:54 am

Most influential villain is not a title that should be celebrated.

rons WOKE is sick
12/17/15 6:41 am

Hope he give us his address.

HBWitness Beloit, Wisconsin
12/17/15 6:09 am

You don't have to love them for them to be influential

rickvee Living the dream
12/17/15 4:31 am

The black lives matter asshats were also a runner up. For shame Time, for shame...

nolanbard1 Los Angeles
12/17/15 1:15 am

Let's all remember Hitler won the award.

karion Illinois
12/17/15 12:08 am

That is too likely to swing potential ISIS recruits over to his side. The media should be talking about (advertising) terrorists less than they do now, not giving them the recognition they crave.

AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
12/16/15 11:11 pm

Its the most influential person, for better or for worse, that gets recognized.

veritas1 Panda
12/16/15 11:01 pm

Of course. It's not a best person of the year award. It's given to the most influential person (like Hitler for example).

Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/16/15 11:41 pm

Interesting. I always thought the really bad guys are exempt. Hitler got it in 1938 but at that time was an ambiguous figure.

12/17/15 7:43 am

Here's the original man of the year award for Hitler. They knew he was a bad guy at the time, and were pretty clear that he was chosen because he was influencing history more than anyone else that year.
The magazine cover is pretty striking. I don't think I've seen anything like it on a major magazine recently.

TheCameron UCF
12/16/15 11:01 pm

It's not an award, it's about who has affected news the most in that year.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/16/15 11:43 pm

The fact that you get on the cover plus 20-30 pages makes it look like an award though 😏

catpillow Florida West Coast
12/16/15 10:55 pm

As I understand it, their plan is the person who made the most news, so I guess he meets their criteria.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/16/15 10:41 pm

No, I found it quite shocking. Is Time out of their mind? That only plays into the hands of ISIS who can celebrate it as a popularity victory. Don't encourage them.