2006 -- Time
magazine's list of 100 "Most Influential" is pointless
because Time's definition of "influential" appears
mostly to mean "celebrity." While the list includes
worthy recipients, it also includes the mindless (Katie Couric),
the talentless (Steve Colbert), and the plain puzzling (Michele
Wie?). Many make the list purely to serve Time's desire for
celebirty hip-ness and political-correctness (Ellen DeGeneres).
anyone doubt that the 100 Most Influential are among the Colonels,
Majors, Captains and troops of all ranks who are protecting
American interests in Iraq and Afghanistan? Yet Time, in its
reflexive anti-American and morally-relativistic worldview,
includes terrorist Al-Zawahiri, and Venezuelan tin-horn tyrant
Hugo Chavez. Including these without including those who stand
against their evil designs is a disgrace. Time Magazine long-ago
ceased being a serious publication.
its never-ending desire for circulation, Time has taken the low
road of celebrity worship to boost readership (what's so
influential about a Will Smith?). By naming undeserving
celebrities as "influential" Time only underscores how
uninfluential it has become as a serious news source. What a shame
that this formerly upstanding magazine does not celebrate America
truly most worthy - our serving troops, and those who sacrifice to
bring genuine, worthy change to this world.