As usual when Time magazine does their Person of the Year one of the runners up is more deserving than the actual winner. Usually they do this for 2 reasons:
- An american winner plays better (and sells more magazines) in the states
- This way when they choose someone controversial they can save some face by claiming “newsworthiness” as a reason
This year Obama was the winner basically for him winning reelection in a hotly contested race and being embroiled in multiple scandals, even though I doubt time will mention the later except maybe in passing.
However let me introduce you to Malala Yousafzal, Time’s runner up. She survived 2 assassination attempts by the Taliban for the “crime” of going to school. She has since become a symbol for the oppression of Women in the Middle East. I encourage everyone to read her story in the linked article and learn what a true Person of the Year is, because Time is far more interested in selling magazines and supporting their liberal ideologies than they are about celebrating a real hero.