Most of the time, being chosen as Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” should be an honor. But, this year, receiving the Time award has turned into a humiliating experience for the winners: Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Time announced Biden and Harris as the “Persons of the Year” on Friday, and the decision was met with heavy criticism and scorn, Fox News reported.
The primary criticism of Time’s pick is that Biden and Harris are simply not worthy of being the Persons of the Year, especially considering the alternatives.
“A vaccine was developed in record time, frontline workers busted their butts for everyone else during a pandemic, a sitting president made multiple historic middle east [sic] peace deals, but give it to the guy who spent most of it in his basement. Sure,” tweeted Republican congressional aide Nate Madden.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha raised suspicions about what influenced Time’s decision.
“Time magazine, which is a shell of itself — laughable, quite frankly in terms of its partisanship — gives it to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, because that was the politically correct thing to do and because it’s what their readers wanted from a comfort food perspective,” Concha told America’s Newsroom on Friday.
Similarly, Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck wrote: “Time Magazine doesn’t pick frontline workers as persons of the year who’ve given and sacrificed so much this year. Instead, they show their far-left tilt (and pure hatred for the 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump) by picking Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
Time’s partisan decision
Biden and Harris beat out three other contenders for the Person of the Year award: President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci and health care workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the “movement for racial justice,” sparked by George Floyd’s death in police custody, The Week reported.
Edward Felsenthal, Time’s editor-in-chief, explained the magazine’s selection in an essay, writing, “In a year that saw an epic struggle for racial justice, and one of the most consequential elections in history, the Biden-Harris partnership sends a powerful message.”
“If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and world views that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive,” Felsenthal wrote.
It’s significant too that Harris also received the award considering that Time, according to Fox, has never given the award to a vice president, let alone a potential vice president.
As critics have pointed out, Time did nothing more than show its extreme partisanship by picking Biden and Harris.