Jim Geraghty flags the following from Mike Allen’s Politico newsletter. I submit to you we have pretty much everything that is wrong with modern journalism in a single paragraph:
TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year panel, held last evening at the Time & Life Building in New York, featured Meghan McCain, Wyclef Jean, Marissa Mayer, Joe Trippi and Daisy Khan in a lively debate about who would be the best person of the year for TIME’s annual issue that goes on newsstands this December. In a discussion led by TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel, McCain suggested the Tea Party or Glenn Beck. She ruled out Christine O’Donnell, saying she is “in no way qualified to do anything.” Mayer talked about first discovering the idea of a personal computer on TIME’s cover at the end of 1982, “Machine of the Year: The Computer Moves In.” She then suggested Steve Jobs of Apple. Khan said that Mayor Michael Bloomberg could be Person of the Year, for his support of Park 51. Jean said that Haitians should be honored as “people of the year.” Trippi nominated Nancy Pelosi, who Jean supported later as well by saying that the cover of TIME should “represent legacy … Pelosi does that.” TIME is now hosting a poll for readers to pick their person of the year.
Nancy Pelosi? Michael Bloomberg? Does this sound like a discussion serious people would have? And am I the only one who thinks Meghan McCain attacking Christine O’Donnell’s threadbare resume is an accusation so bitterly ironic that I’m tempted to lobotomize myself with a screwdriver that’s accidentally been dropped in the toilet rather than contemplate it for one second longer?