I Rejected "Person of the Year." Time: No, You Didn't.

26 November, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Donald Trump claims Time Magazine told him he was 'probably' going to be Man of the Year, but he rejected it

But Trump didn't mention that in his tweet, instead hinting that interviews are a waste of time. They just wanted a photo shoot. "Time does not comment on our choice until publication".

In an editorial explaining the decision, then-Editor in Chief Nancy Gibbs framed it as such: "For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's, Donald Trump is TIME's 2016 Person of the Year". "I said probably no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" the president tweeted.

Time had in fact named Trump its Person of the Year last year.

'I knew a year ago that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn't include me in their Top 100.' Trump tweeted in October 2012.

"Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot", tennis star Andy Murray tweeted.

Trump claimed to have turned down the offer.


Time's Person of the Year is defined by the weekly as "a person (or people) who has had the most influence over the news in the last 12 months".

"Sports Illustrated called and said I was probably going to be Sportsman of the Year, but it was going to take a long photo shoot and interview". The magazine sent out a tweet of its own less than three hours later to say Trump "is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year". "But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot".

"They used to call it "Man of the Year, ' but they can't do that anymore, so they call it 'person".

- TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017Amazing.

There were also suggestions on social media that the cover featuring Mr Trump was designed in a way that made it seem he had "devil horns" with the placement of the letter "M" in the magazine's name directly behind his head.

You can always print yourself another fake cover.

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