[The British solidarity organisation, Hands Off Venezuela, report on how despite the fact that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez won Time magazine's "Person of the Year" poll, he was not chosen as its "Person of the Year". --Ed]
Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores result
By Hands Off Venezuela
Monday, 18 December 2006
A few days ago, Time Magazine announced the winner of its annual "Person of the Year" award. Many supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution will be disappointed to hear that Hugo Chavez did not make it despite the fact that he won Time's online poll by a wide margin and got 35% of the votes. This is significant, as Chavez had been the number 1 in the poll for several weeks and was clearly set to win the award. Instead, it seems we all have won the award! Indeed, the 2006 Person of the Year is "you" and much is made of the Web 2.0 and one of its foremost brainchildren, the online video service YouTube. For that matter Hands Off Venezuela is also a happy user of YouTube, but still we find it quite amazing that not a word is said about why the winner of Time's own readers poll is simply ignored and not even mentioned. The link to their online poll is simply not there any more, although after some Google searching we traced it back to www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/, where you can see the results for yourself. You don't have to be a believer in conspiracy theories to assume that clearly the Time Magazine editorial board was not happy with the choice of its readers! Surely the so-called "liberal" magazine did not like the result of its own poll and decided to pick its own candidate, you.
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