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Time magazine raked over the coals for ‘sycophantic’ cover of Joe Biden: ‘What a joke’

After four years of magazine covers disparaging former President Donald Trump, Time magazine has offered up extremely glowing covers of President Joe Biden. The most recent cover of Time magazine features a flattering illustration of President Biden, which many online commenters ridiculed for being “sycophantic.”

Last year, Time was roasted for making Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the magazine’s “Person of the Year.” Last November, Time celebrated Biden’s presidential victory by calling him a “dragon slayer,” saying that his election represented a “time to heal.”

Time continued its highly favorable coverage of President Biden with a new cover that was so over-the-top praiseworthy that it was widely mocked online.

President Biden will meet up with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland. Ahead of the summit, Time’s latest edition features an illustration of Biden wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, which have the reflection of Putin in the lenses. Biden seemingly appears to be champing at the bit to engage with his Russian counterpart. The headline on the cover says, “Taking on Putin.”

The image of the 78-year-old Biden makes him appear years younger with zero wrinkles and taut skin.

Several Twitter reactions put a spotlight on Biden waiving sanctions against the company that is building the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia into Germany. The pipeline would enable Russia to bypass Ukraine and freely flow natural gas into Europe. Previously, the Trump administration attempted to hinder the development of the pipeline so that Europe would purchase gas from the United States.

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell reacted by saying, “Giving him a pipeline of leverage into Europe is NOT taking him on. It’s giving in.”

Cliff Sims, a former senior adviser to the DNI, said, “Yea, Putin is quivering in his boots after Biden handed him his number one geopolitical infrastructure project on a platter so he can work with the Germans on climate change. What a joke.”

Washington Examiner writer Jerry Dunleavy wrote, “Biden takes on [the Republicans, Democrats, Eastern European allies, Ukrainians, etc. who opposed the corrupt Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline which every honest person knows is a malign influence operation which will ultimately benefit] Putin.”

“If by taking Putin on you mean allowing him to build his massive pipeline while shutting ours down,” one Twitter user wrote.

National Review’s Kyle Smith tweeted, “DNC press releases aren’t this sycophantic.”

An online commenter asked, “What in the hell kind of fan fiction comic book is this cover?”

One person stated, “TIME has to use photoshop to show Biden younger than Putin. Is this ‘takes on?'”

Multiple Twitter users joked that “Biden can’t even take on stairs, let alone Putin,” referencing the time President Biden stumbled down the stairs leading up to Air Force One.

Young America’s Foundation lampooned the laudatory press coverage of the Democratic president, “tHe MeDiA dOeSn’T PiCk SiDeS.”

Real Clear Politics co-founder Tom Bevan showed the stark difference between Time magazine’s gushing cover of Biden and a cover of Trump’s face blended with Putin’s.

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Deaf and blind Helen Keller belittled as ‘just another privileged white person’ in Time magazine

Helen Keller was severely impaired by an undiagnosed illness that caused her to go blind and deaf at the age of 19 months old. Despite her debilitating disabilities and a lack of resources available at the time, Keller would go on to become a champion of the deaf and blind by fundraising millions of dollars for those who are disabled. She became a successful writer, publishing 12 books, and would go around the country raising awareness of the plight of the disabled and fight for women’s suffrage.

Keller, who graduated from Radcliffe College, which is now Harvard University, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor that an American can achieve. Despite all of her achievements and accolades against all odds, Keller was declared to be “just another privileged white person” in a Time magazine article.

The article, titled “Co-Founding the ACLU, Fighting for Labor Rights and Other Helen Keller Accomplishments Students Don’t Learn in School,” highlighted Keller’s many accomplishments, but also included a belittling denigration of Keller.

However, to some Black disability rights activists, like Anita Cameron, Helen Keller is not radical at all, ‘just another, despite disabilities, privileged white person,” and yet another example of history telling the story of privileged white Americans.

The quote was said by Anita Cameron, a self-described “fierce Black autistic lesbian” and member of the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today organization, according to her Twitter profile, which has a “Black Disabled Lives Matter” banner.

Many commenters found the defaming of Keller to be outlandish.

Mary Vought, the executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. The woke mob is now going after Helen Keller for being white. Nevermind the advancements she worked to achieve for those with disabilities.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) retweeted Vought and added, “This is INSANE. Woke Lefties are now attacking Helen Keller?? As ‘just another, despite disabilities, privileged white person’?? There are many adjectives one can use to describe the extraordinary Helen Keller. ‘Privileged’ is not one of them.”

Donald Trump Jr. reacted by saying, “Holy sh**… they’re now canceling Helen Keller for being white. You can’t make this crap up anymore. You can never be woke enough.”

Writer John Nolte astutely made this point.

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Time magazine taken to the woodshed after announcing Joe Biden, Kamala Harris as ‘Person of the Year’

Time magazine faced a barrage of backlash on Friday morning after announcing that former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris were the recipients of its “Person of the Year” award.

What’s a very brief history here?

Time magazine editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said that the magazine chose the duo for “changing the American story” with regard to the 2020 presidential election.

The two also showed that the “forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world,” he said.

Biden responded to the announcement on Twitter, writing, “I’m honored to be Person of the Year with @KamalaHarris and grateful to be on this list with so many extraordinary folks. From front line workers to racial justice organizers, Americans met this year with strength, fortitude, and an unflinching belief in a brighter tomorrow.”

wrote, “Honored to be named @TIME’s Person of the Year with President-elect @JoeBiden.
We’re at a moment where we’re being confronted by multiple crises that have converged. We have a lot we need to handle in the days ahead but I know together we can get it done.”

What was the response to the announcement?

Many people responded to the news by decrying the magazine’s actions and said that scientists and doctors, or even the Black Lives Matter organization, should have been chosen instead.

Reporter Jenan Moussa
wrote, “Odd. Feels like it should have been the healthcare workers and the scientists behind the [COVID-19] vaccine.”

ABC News’ chief political analyst, Matthew Dowd,
added, “I actually don’t think winning this Time award is going to help them. It is just going to feed negativity by many that they get an award before actually doing anything.”

CNET editorial director Mark Serrels
wrote, “Scientists who developed vaccines in record shattering time, frontline workers who risked their lives during COVID, Jacinda Ardern, BLM activists. This is such a ridiculous, US centric choice.”

Bloomberg writer Eli Lake
wrote, “I get that the magazine is trying to seem hip and appeal to zoomers and millennials, but this is such obvious pandering.”

Author and podcast host Graham Allen chimed in, “Person of the year for ushering in the radical left to our country….. so sad.”

News anchor Elex Michaelson wrote, “With respect to these politicians, I would have voted for health care workers & other essential workers who’ve sacrificed greatly to keep us all safe.”

Fox News contributor Sara Carter added, “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year.’ A complete political move. #Biden didn’t come out of his basement all year… we never saw him.”

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Biden, Harris named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’; mag says Fauci, frontline workers are ‘Guardians of the Year’

Time magazine has named former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as its “Person of the Year.”

The long-running publication also named Dr. Anthony Fauci and America’s frontline workers at its “Guardians of the Year.”

What are the details?

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said that Biden and Harris won the honor for “changing the American story” with regard to the 2020 presidential election.

The two also showed that the “forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.”

“Every elected president since FDR has at some point during his term been a Person of the Year, nearly a dozen of those in a presidential election year,” Felsenthal said. “This is the first time we have included a vice president.”

The magazine’s candidates for Person of the Year included President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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What else?

Fauci and America’s frontline workers, however, were named “Guardians of the Year.”

The magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger and Alice Park write, “Guardians put themselves on the line to defend the ideals sacred to democracy. In 2020, they fought on many fronts. On the front line against COVID-19, the world’s health care workers displayed the best of humanity — selflessness, compassion, stamina, courage — while protecting as much of it as they could.”

“By risking their lives every day for the strangers who arrived at their workplace, they made conspicuous a foundational principle of both medicine and democracy: equality,” Kluger and Park wrote. “By their example, health care workers this year guarded more than lives.”

Further, Fauci is celebrated as having led the fight for “truth” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In Washington, Dr. Anthony Fauci led not only the battle against COVID-19 but also the fight for truth — clear, consistent messaging being fundamental to public health,” Time explained. “With steadfast integrity, Fauci nudged, elided, and gently corrected a president used to operating in a reality of his own construction, buoyed by the fervent repetition of lies.”

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Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ nominees: Stacey Abrams, Andrew Cuomo, Dr. Fauci, Gretchen Whitmer, BLM activists

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” award were announced on Wednesday, and the pool of contenders is predictably extremely left-leaning and has no shortage of Democratic politicians.

Despite issuing a directive forcing nursing homes in New York to accept coronavirus-positive patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a candidate for the “Person of the Year,” according to Time. Thus far in the voting, there have been 35% of people who Cuomo is deserving of the accolade.

Fellow Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is also nominated, and there are 19%, who voted for her to win the award despite her exceedingly prohibitive COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Snatching up a 59% approval rating on the poll is Stacey Abrams, who lost her gubernatorial race in Georgia in 2018. There were no Republican governors on the list.

The only Republicans who were eligible to vote for were President Donald Trump, who was at 8%, Vice President Mike Pence at 3%, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) coming in at 2%.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Kamala Harris (68%), Joe Biden (64%), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (38%), Sen. Bernie Sanders (23%), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (22%), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (17%).

There were 6% of people who said Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett should be Time’s “Person of the Year,” the same percentage as rapper Cardi B.

Dr. Anthony Fauci was the highest-rated individual with 81% of people voting for him to be the “2020 Person of the Year.”

“How to Be An Antiracist” author Ibram X Kendi garnered 11%, and quarterback-turned-racial justice activist Colin Kaepernick snagged a 29% approval rating.

There were 61% of voters who believed that Black Lives Matter activists should win the honor. The World Health Organization was given 32% of a “Yes” vote.

Essential workers earned a whopping 81% for their contributions during the coronavirus pandemic, and firefighters came in at 54%.

Other non-political nominees include Pope Francis, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, tennis player Naomi Osaka, LeBron James, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Patrick Mahomes, Beyonce, Sacha Baron Cohen, Megan Markle, comedian Sarah Cooper, Mark Zuckerberg, singer Billie Eilish, Trevor Noah, Taylor Swift, and teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who won the award in 2019.

The final results will be announced by Dec. 10, after Time editors select a winner.

Time has been naming its “Person of the Year” since 1927, when aviation legend Charles Lindberg won the accolade.

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Time magazine cover declares that Biden’s apparent victory represents ‘A time to heal’

Allegedly objective Time magazine is openly celebrating Joe Biden’s apparent victory in the 2020 presidential election with a commemorative cover that declares that his victory represents “A time to heal.”

Not content to declare him a healer with the cover, the accompanying article calls Biden a “dragon slayer” in the first paragraph, musing that, “The only thing more powerful than a dragon is a dragon slayer. For four years, Donald Trump’s penchant for division and chaos was the dominant force in American life. In the end, after a long and excruciating battle, it was vanquished by Joe Biden’s promise of decency, unity and national healing.”

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In case you thought Time might have been laying it on a little thick in their lead paragraph, they were not done. Before the end of the article, they had declared that Biden represented, “a vindication of a style of American politics that many feared was gone forever,” “a leader with competence and empathy,” an “experienced statesman,” “a candidate most famous for his hugs and handshakes,” “the man for the moment,” a politician who “could carry [America] back to a calmer, less politically divisive past,” and more.

In case you were wondering, the article was not exactly neutral about President Donald Trump. Trump was described as the dragon who got slayed by Biden, an agent of “division and chaos,” an “incompetent president,” a “celebrity who mocked the [coronavirus],” a President who “went on to bungle the federal response to a virus that has killed more than 230,000 Americans,” a person who “proved incapable of even feigning sympathy for the millions suffering from the disease and the recession it caused,” a candidate who “ran on a brutal vision,” a president whose “errors set a low bar,” and more.

In the end, according to Time, everything worked out exactly as Biden thought it would: “armed with a stable campaign in unstable times, and a comforting message in a disquieting moment, Joe Biden completed his slow and steady march to victory, exactly as he said he would.”