Friday, December 09, 2005

2005, Man of the Year, and Father Time

It is getting close to the end of the year. SwanBlog must pick the winners of the Father Time and Man of the Year awards again.

The Father Time award goes to the person in media or politics whose best days are clearly behind him (or her). Stale methods and stale ideas are a plus in this category. Nick Coleman was a consensus choice for Father Time last year. His fudging of facts, thin skin, and mud slinging were the deciding factors. In Minnesota, Coleman symbolizes Old Media.

John O'Neill was SwanBlog's Man of the Year for both 1971 and 2004. In 1971, O'Neill was a crew cut wearing Navy veteran who challenged the anti-war movement, particularly the statements of an ambitious young veteran named John Kerry. In 2004, O'Neill donated a kidney to his wife. During his recovery, he noticed that Senator Kerry was promoting his war record in the presidential primaries. Once again, O'Neill stepped up to correct the record. Man of the Year is a combination of a yearly achievement award and a comeback award.

What figure in media or politics has stale ideas and methods, such that time has passed them by? Put your nominations in the comment section. You should also share your nominations for Man of the Year.


Blogger Cyborg2000 said...

My vote for Father Time is Dan Rather. Trying to manufacture news, versus reporting news, is a movement whose time has come and gone (or at least should be gone...)

December 09, 2005 8:11 PM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

Helen Thomas

December 10, 2005 12:06 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

My nomination for the Father Time Award is Howard Dean. Dean's reliance upon language that dates to the anti-war movement of the Vietnam era, Dean's insistance upon returning his party to policies that date back to the the 1930's, and Howard Dean's outright defeatism and surrender addiction dating back to 1940 France make him a person of "stale ideas and stale methods."

My nomination for the 2005 Man of the Year goes to Michael Yon. His reports from the frontline of the Iraq War put other embedded journalists to shame. He risked everything to go to Iraq on the small chance that his reports might get noticed. Thanks to the blogosphere, he did.

December 13, 2005 12:32 PM  

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