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Time's Man of the Year, 1951:
Over in TNR Abbas Milani makes this strangely common mistake:
Even as ardent a proponent of Pax Americana as Henry Luce felt comfortable making [1950s Iranian PM we overthrew in a CIA backed coup, etc] Time’s “Man of the Year.”
I don't know why this is always swung around like it was some sort of compliment. I've seen Stephen Kinzer, among others, make like it was high praise. But the article explaining his selection was paranoid, condescending, and not a little unkind to the guy, concluding that Mossadegh would inevitably hand Iran over to the commies. Time might as well have been begging for somebody to overthrow him. Maybe it did, I couldn't stomach all of it.
:: posted by buermann @ 2009-12-09 20:15:11 CST |
For the wingnuts, any media attention that doesn't include an unequivocal condemnation in the headline is tantamount to appeasement. If the call for regime change comes in the third paragraph, or later, it's the moral equivalent of giving the evildoers permission to invade Poland.
posted by al_schumann
@ 2009-12-10 11:47:50 | link