[Marxism] Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores result

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Mon Dec 18 16:24:53 MST 2006

Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores  result 
(http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/index2.php?option=com_content&task=emailform&id=793&itemid=43)     By Hands  Off Venezuela 
Monday, 18 December 2006 
A few days ago, Time Magazine announced the winner of its annual  "Person of 
the Year" award. Many supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution  will be 
disappointed to hear that Hugo Chavez did not make it despite the  fact that he won 
Time's online poll by a wide margin and got 35% of the  votes. This is 
significant, as Chavez had been the number 1 in the poll  for several weeks and was 
clearly set to win the award. 
Instead, it seems we all have won the award! Indeed, the 2006 Person  of the 
Year is "you" and much is made of the Web 2.0 and one of its  foremost 
brainchildren, the online video service YouTube. For that matter  Hands Off Venezuela 
is also a happy user of YouTube, but still we find it  quite amazing that not 
a word is said about why the winner of Time's own  readers poll is simply 
ignored and not even mentioned. 
The link to their online poll is simply not there any more, although  after 
some Google searching we traced it back to 
_www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/_ (http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/) ,  where 
you can see the results for yourself. You don't have to be a believer in  
conspiracy theories to assume that clearly the Time Magazine editorial  board was 
not happy with the choice of its readers! Surely the so-called  "liberal" 
magazine did not like the result of its own poll and decided to  push its own 
candidate, "the YouTube guys". 

Interestingly, the present issue of Time carries another article  called 
"Power to the People" (read it _here_ 
(http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569526,00.html) ), which starts by saying: 
"Meet 15 citizens-including a French rapper, a relentless  reviewer and a 
real life lonely girl-of the new digital democracy"  

In the whole magazine there are many lauding words for this "digital  
democracy" but ironically Time decided to ignore its own "digital  democracy" and 
hide the fact that 35% voted for Hugo Chavez and 21% for  the Iranian President 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 
It is true that an online poll is not a very scientific tool but  surely it 
would have been worth to at least point out who won the Time  poll in the first 
place? If not, what is the point of organising one on  your own website? 
Maybe because they did not want the winner to be a  popular President of a country 
where "power to the people" is not just an  empty phrase but is being 
implemented in practice in the real world, and  who has been democratically elected 
time and time again?  

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