Time Reveals Its "Person Of The Year" Finalists

Tyler Durden's picture

Time Magazine has released its list of finalists for 2017's "Person of the Year" issue - and what a list it is.

After Trump criticized Time for informing him that he was in the running to win "Person of the Year" for the second year in a row - an honor last achieved by former President Richard Nixon, who was named man of the year in 1972 and 1973 - it appears Trump was right once again: He is one of 10 contenders for the honor released to MSNBC - even though editors at Time claimed the phone call never happened (though how else would Trump have known he was in the running, other than a lucky guess?).

The other names on the list are: Amazon CEO and world's richest man Jeff Bezos, the #MeToo movement, Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Colin Kaepernick, the dreamers, Robert Mueller and Patty Jenkins (Jenkins directed the Hollywood blockbuster "Wonder Woman").

Of the names on this year's list, only Trump and Bezos have won the honor before (Bezos won it in 1999 at the height of the tech bubble.

The competition this year is pretty intense. If the criteria for winning was solely number of headlines in US media, Trump would easily have a lock. His first year in office was marked by the president's constant feuding with Democrats, Republicans, professional athletes, gold star families...the list goes on.

Kim Jong Un, one might argue, deserves the nod for the outsize impact he's had on the national psyche in the US, given that he's the leader of an impoverished nation of 25 million people.

However, in terms of sheer political influence, Xi Jinping would probably deserve the honor. By having his name written into the Chinese constitution and appointing a Politburo with no obvious successor, he has guaranteed himself another five year term after his current term ends. He has also consolidated power over a nation of 1.3 billion people - the largest country on the planet.

Bezos led Amazon through several high-profile acquisitions that saw the company enter the grocery business. The massive appreciation in Amazon's share price has also helped push Bezos's net worth north of $100 billion, making him the first American to reach that threshold since Bill Gates back in the late 1990s.

The #MeToo movement has led to unprecedented upheaval in industries - particularly in entertainment and media - as women have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment they experienced at the hands of powerful men. Time has selected classes or groups of people for the honor before - back in 2014, "person of the year" went to the Ebola fighters.

MbS has orchestrated a "corruption crackdown" purge that brought his most powerful rivals to their knees. It is rumored that his father, King Salman, will soon step down, relinquishing power to the 32-year-old crown prince.

And finally, what list of anything is 2017 would be complete without Colin Kaepernick.

Should Trump win, he would become the eighth US president to win the honor twice. Time has been running the feature since 1927.

The winner will be named later this month, when the special "Person of the Year" edition of the magazine is released.

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shitshitshit's picture

they forgot Hillary...

who reads that garbage paper btw?

nuubee's picture

Why would anyone on ZH give a half flying fuck what some shitty periodical considers the "person of the year" ?

Gap Admirer's picture

Bradley/Chelsea Manning must feel slighted. Or, did it win in a previous year and I missed that?

And the ILLEGAL ALIEN "dreamers?" Get out.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Corey Feldman is more deserving than any of these people.

Bud Dry's picture

Just fyi...  if you are on the list for Time Person of the Year, you are a giant piece of shit.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Steve 'Patsy' Paddick? He really took one for the team.

ne-tiger's picture

I'll go with little fat ass: he's some kind of fat ass!

RAT005's picture

What about Putin?  The Liberals that care about Time and this stupid award give Putin credit for everything that happens.

RAT005's picture

And WINNER of the most useless award giver award is.....

American Psycho's picture

I would vote for Ashley Judd for her "I'm a nasty woman" song. 

NEOSERF's picture

He'll be noted as the reason Trump wins it

Justin Case's picture

merican propaganda mag. They don't know shit from shine'ola

mccvilb's picture

Monsanto. Corporations are people too.

Never One Roach's picture



Rapists, molesters and Potted Plant Pee-ers are people too!

silverserfer's picture

Pocahontas. But they have to call her pocahontas on the cover. Thats the only way.

Pure Evil's picture

Seth Rich who payed with his life to help expose the corruption deep within the bowels of the DNC.

Took Red Pill's picture

I nominate Tyler Durden for Time Person of the Year

gatorengineer's picture

Cant believe Obowel isnt on the list.....  or Obowel 2 Kamala Harris

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

What... no Harvey Weinstein... the pride of ((their)) tribe? 

I'm sure Time would be more than happy to reward him with another lorry-load of Shiksa. 

Or maybe those awesome foster-fathers... the Podesta brothers... sterling ambassadors that they are. 

Never One Roach's picture

Obama's pet wookie just missed making the list.

whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

Pure Evil...

After reading through one-and-a-half pages, I posted the same (Seth Rich) after not seeing anyone on ZH post it.  WTF!  ZH'ers.  You should be ashamed.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Who would have thought that Time Magazine used to be a respected publication at one time in U.S. history.


Bay of Pigs's picture

Not that long ago either. In my college years (early 1980's), we would source material from Time, Newsweek and a few other magazines and use it in our term papers. 

Seems pretty ridiculous now, doesn't it?

Winston Churchill's picture

I used to do it from the Economist so don't feel so bad.

Should have use Private Eye instead.

woody188's picture

Turns out "The New American" might have been more accurate.

Bob's picture

Trump is not being slighted by Time for having competition.  The award is for the person having the greatest impact on the news, whether admirably or not.  

Hey, Hitler won in 1938. 

Trump is in the running to match Stalin, who won twice, in 1939 and 1942. 


Blue Dog's picture

The American left LOVED Stalin. They didn't report on the mass starvation caused by Stalin or any other of the atrocities. In fact, they denied that any starvation was taking place.

maxblockm's picture

Satoshi Nakamoto for 2018 then...

CuttingEdge's picture

Mueller getting the award would be the biggest reward of non-achievement since Obama got his Nobel PP.

Pure Evil's picture

Nobel gives out P(ee) P(ee) prizes.

All hail the Obowelmovement Golden Showers Prize!

NoDebt's picture

Time Magazine readership:  About as many people as watch MSNBC (probably don't even need to take your shoes off to count them all).  And I'm pretty sure they're the same people in both cases.


Pure Evil's picture

Their only readership is those forced to wait in Doctor's/Dentist offices.

techpriest's picture

And who forgot their smartphone, which is set up to read ZeroHedge over Tor.

RafterManFMJ's picture

SHEPWAVE analysis told me THE DREAMERS are a lock; heard it here first, people.

True Blue's picture

I at first assumed that "The Dreamers" was some crappy Motown group or something I'd never heard of.

So, that's the euphemism for illegal, criminal aliens these days?

How quaint.

PN7's picture

I also assumed it was a popular musical group.  Probably from the 50s.  It made me wonder for a moment, but then I just moved on reading the article.  Thanks for opening my eyes. 

cheech_wizard's picture

Because for so many years now, I haven't even made it into the running.

Standard Disclaimer: The mere fact I don't whine like a bitch like Colin Kaepernick, should have at least got me an honorable mention...

Cui Bono's picture

Colon who? that is the WORST picture of Redfoo ever!!

sexy and I know it..... CAUTION its funny as shit but you can not unsee it.


beware of gratuitous HedgeHog too....

AGuy's picture

How about someone that isn't a political hack or SJW, or Billionare who thinks the working class are ants to be stepped on?

How about someone that did something good this year. How about a fireman that saved someone this year?!?

August's picture

Time is the definition of Legacy Media.

The mag was significant at one time, but is now found largely in assorted waiting rooms, like CNN in airports.

I have not seen a copy of Time magazine in any private home in many years (and I know a fair number of MSNBC viewers).

YUNOSELL's picture

I can understand Trump or Xi, and maybe even Kim for such disruption from a tiny little State, but Kaepernick should really take a knee on this

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Kaepernick looks absolutely ridiculous with that afro, leather jacket, and gold chain.  He must think he's a pimp or something.

Pure Evil's picture

I really love the designer Italian suit and the gold bling. Really brings out the gansta ghetto in me.

gatorengineer's picture

He must think he is black or something

hxc's picture

With his "oppressive" white parents that adopted him and cared for him enough to become an (albeit flash-in-the-pan) NFL quarterback.

junction's picture

I vote for Harvey Weinstein, who is a shining example of the Satanists who run the United States.

shitshitshit's picture

what do you say, he's just the perfect embodiment of the (((american dream)))