"It does tell you something about Time magazine. Iím really ó I must admit Iím really disappointed. Thatís a real shock."
From the magazine that chose Hitler, Stalin (twice) and Khrushchev as its Man of the Year: Vladimir Putin as Mr. 2007.
Mitt Romney spontaneously and strongly spoke for sensible Americans when Glen Beck told him the news.
GLENN: Give me your thought on Petraeus not being Time magazineís man of the year but instead Vladimir Putin.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Oh, you are kidding. Did they put Vladimir Putin on the cover?
GLENN: Yeah, Time magazine.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: That really, thatís disgusting. Iím absolutely ó I mean, are you ó I mean, I havenít seen Time. Are you serious?
GLENN: No, Iím serious. It is Vladimir Putin, Time magazine man of the year. A guy who, you know, with all of the KGB stuff in the past, Time magazine says has transformed the country and congratulations. Time magazine man of the year, Vladimir Putin.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, he imprisoned his political opponents. There have been a number of highly suspicious murders. He has squelched public dissent and free press. And to suggest that someone like that is the man of the year is really disgusting. Iím just appalled. Clearly General Petraeus is the person or one of a few people who would certainly merit that designation and I know Time magazine makes a distinction. They say, well, people who had an impact, whether itís good or bad, is the man of the year. I think thatís a Ė
GLENN: No, no, hang on.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: ó a false Ė
GLENN: Before you go too far down this road ó wait a minute. Before you go down this road, this is the quote why heís the man of the year, ďFor bringing stability and renewedÖ what was it, impact? Status. Renewed status to his country. Thatís why.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Isnít that something. So a good dictator ó I guess Raul Castro will get it next. A good dictator that imprisons or murders political and media opponents and therefore brings stability, I mean, thereís nothing like the stability that martial law provides or dictatorship provides. I find it a truly appalling designation.
GLENN: And the stability that heís bringing to the Middle East with the transfer of this last few days of nuclear technology to Iran.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Yeah. I mean, heís once again supplying nuclear material to the Bushehr power plant and itís another example of Russia trying to destabilize the world, destabilize the Middle East.
GLENN: I was Ė
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Our mainstream media I think has just showed its hand.
Our mainstream media does that regularly.
Romney, Yes! Time and the rest of the biased mainstream media, No!
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.