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Hurricane Katrina may be named Time's Person of the Year


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I don't keep track of Time magazine so I was kinda shocked at the Panel they use for this... Of all the things happening in the world.. they picked this.

Based on the SO CALLED Mother Nature:

As of 8 November, the Pakistani government's official death toll was 87,350. Some estimate that the death toll could reach over 100,000. Pakistan, India and Afghanistan

Katrina: Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll to 1,033. Mississippi reports 219 people killed in the storm, Florida's toll is 11 dead and Alabama and Georgia each report 2 killed

Yep, thats the same :NOT:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1115TimePersonOfYear15-ON.html

Hurricane Katrina may be named Time's Person of the Year

Associated Press

Nov. 15, 2005 07:00 AM

NEW YORK - Time magazine's 2005 Person of the Year may not be a person after all. A panel of notables has made a strong case for awarding the distinction this year to Hurricane Katrina.

NBC anchor Brian Williams included Katrina in his larger nomination of Mother Nature, which he picked because of a host of environmental stories this year, from the tsunami to earthquakes in Pakistan. He said the hurricane and its aftermath led to other issues.

"Katrina gets you to Iraq. It gets you to petroleum. It gets you to presidential politics," Williams said. "It has laid bare so many cracks and fissures in our system." advertisement

Williams was part of a six-member panel invited to make suggestions to the magazine about who or what it should choose as its Person of the Year.

He was joined by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who like Williams traveled to the Gulf Coast to cover Katrina after it hit on Aug. 29. Other members included Time reporter Matthew Cooper, Democratic political consultant Donna Brazile, conservative activist Grover Norquist and WorldCom whistleblower Cynthia Cooper, named a Person of the Year by the magazine in 2002.

The panelists offered suggestions to the magazine for how to capture the idea of Katrina. Cynthia Cooper suggested choosing Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, the military coordinator for the disaster, while Anderson Cooper suggested a focus on the emergency responders or the American people.

"To me, those are the heroes of the story," Anderson Cooper said. "It was government that failed. It was people who stood up."

While Katrina, and by extension Mother Nature, got the most attention, panelists also suggested U2 lead singer and activist Bono, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Iraqi people and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, as possibilities. Norquist suggested a cover with Rice and recently deceased civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

Time's managing editor, Jim Kelly, said the magazine's staff already was working on stories about a handful of possible choices but the final decision would be made in the days just before the issue comes out.

"It's tricky because you want to look smart, but you also don't want to look like you're completely just of that moment," Kelly said. "You don't want to put someone on the cover and have people say, 'Huh?' "

The magazine's Person of the Year issue will be on newsstands Dec. 19.

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First off Person of the Year is not intended to be a reward. Hitler was Person of the Year once and Bush marginally beat Osama after 9/11. Nevertheless I think it is who effects the US most. Not sure on that last part though cause you are right, the earthquake obviously had more impact.

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It's supposed to be for who has the largest effect on the most people worldwide, not just the US. It should just be Mother Nature, if they want to go that route. The tsunami could also be considered because that happened after last year's Person of the Year. But also, naming the POTY Katrina, they're not doing it just because of the death toll, it's more than that. You expect some of the countries in the Southern Asia region to not be adequately able to handle major disasters. But you don't really expect the US to get its ass kicked by a hurricane (as bad as it did). It arguably did have a bigger effect worldwide than the other 2 disasters, which were mostly limited to the massive death tolls.

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