Is Time magazine right naming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 'Person of the Year'?


Fact Box

  • Election Day was Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 
  • Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the amount of mail-in-ballots skyrocketed. Tensions over mail-in-ballots were high as many believed fraud to come hand-in-hand with absentee voting. 
  • As of Saturday, November 7, media channels like CNN, PBS, Fox News, and Facebook broadcasted that Biden won the election with 290 electoral votes against Trump’s 214 votes. 
  • Every year, TIME magazine names a person/people that had the most influence for that season, positive or negative. The tradition started New Year’s Day in 1928 with the selection of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, the man who flew over the Atlantic in 33 hours and 39 minutes. Editors get the final say, but readers are allowed to weigh in by online poll. 
  • President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were chosen as TIME’s persons of the year in 2020. Together, they “racked up 81 million votes and counting, the most in presidential history, topping Trump by some 7 million votes and flipping five battleground states.”

Stephanie (No)

Upon hearing that Time Magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 'Person of the Year,' many may be wondering how the magazine reached such a conclusion—more specifically, questioning what either Harris or Biden have exactly done for Americans to deserve such an honor?

Time's recent declaration is a painfully obvious example of mainstream media bias immediately jumping to openly supporting the Biden-Harris administration already. Considering that 'Person of the Year' typically consists of ONE individual, the move is undeniably political, giving notable spotlight to presumptive elected Vice President Harris, whom many have speculated will eventually be sworn in as president. However, if Time were to mention more than one individual, the publication missed an incredible opportunity to acknowledge frontline workers as it did in 2014 after the Ebola outbreak.

Conversely, the 'Person of the Year' controversy appears to accompany the goal of glorifying mainstream Democrats to slander President Trump once again. The article's author made notable mention of 'Hurricane Trump…tearing through America, ripping through institutions, chewing up norms and spitting them out.' This naturally fails to acknowledge Trump's many accomplishments, yet follows the predictable media bias that has increasingly existed over the past four years. It further demonstrates the left's apparent obsession with everything anti-Trump, which is not an accomplishment or stance in itself.

While Time's decision is overflowing with one-sided bias, it is admittedly predictable given the magazine's tradition of featuring the current president-elect (with the exception of Trump, of course), further proving that Biden/Harris did not need actually to do anything to earn the title. However, it is still disheartening to Americans with any degree of remaining faith in the media.

Andrew (Yes)

Any person or team able to derail the chaotic and damaging Trump administration certainly deserves to be called 'person of the year;' Time Magazine was right to recognize Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their significant achievements in ousting President Trump. By winning the presidential election, Biden and Harris have allowed our nation a chance to return to an era when facts, science, and reasonable debate drove public discourse. It cannot be overstated how dangerous a president who consistently undermines the truth can be. With the presumed president and vice president-elect of Biden and Harris, we now have an opportunity for progress. As cataloged by McSweeney's, the Trump Administration has committed cruelties, corruptions, and crimes against the environment, minorities, truth and science, and the public at large. Anyone who can stop this landslide of indiscretion deserves the title 'person of the year.' 

Of the finalists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci in combination with frontline healthcare workers, the movement for racial justice, and President Trump, Biden and Harris clearly had the strongest bid. While a case could be made that Dr. Fauci should be the person of the year, it will ultimately take a change of leadership to bring his advice and evidence-based science into the mainstream of public policy; Biden and Harris have been elected to do exactly this. For his part, Donald Trump's signature achievements for 2020 include standing by while thousands of Americans died from COVID-19, allowing racial tensions to reach a boiling point, and losing a general election; for ending four years of destruction, Biden and Harris are rightly named person of the year.

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