The little-read Time magazine has come out with its “person of the year” for 2018 awarding radical Muslim activist and fake journalist Jamal Khashoggi along with several other journalists the title.
Calling their slate of “persons of the year” the “Guardians of truth,” Time picks journalists to honor for 2017.
The 95-year-old magazine started its “person of the year” story this way:
Every detail of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing made it a sensation: the time stamp on the surveillance video that captured the Saudi journalist entering his country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2; the taxiway images of the private jets bearing his assassins; the bone saw; the reports of his final words, “I can’t breathe,” recorded on audio as the life was choked from him.
But the crime would not have remained atop the world news for two months if not for the epic themes that Khashoggi himself was ever alert to, and spent his life placing before the public. His death laid bare the true nature of a smiling prince, the utter absence of morality in the Saudi-U.S. alliance and—in the cascade of news feeds and alerts, posts and shares and links—the centrality of the question Khashoggi was killed over: Whom do you trust to tell the story?
This is all nonsense.
Jamal Khashoggi was not an agent of truth. He was a hardcore Muslim who worked for the Muslim Brotherhood, not an honest journalist looking for truth.
Khashoggi had decades of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Intelligence agencies not to mention decades of political activism under his belt when he walking into that embassy never to be seen again.
The other members of Time’s “Guardians” include Maria Ressa, a newspaper editor in the Philippines who is a frequent critic of the government there, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Myanmar, and The Capital Gazette, the Maryland paper that was targeted in a shooting during which four of its employees were killed. These are more worthy candidates.
Indeed, the worthy candidates are besmirched by being including in with Jamal Khashoggi.
Time has a history of picking some of the most unworthy people in human society to be the “person of the year.” The magazine picked German leader Adolf Hitler and the next year chose USSR leader Joseph Stalin. In fact, they picked Stalin TWICE (1939 and 1942). Other subhumans picked were Nikita Khrushchev (1957), Deng Xiaoping (1978 and again in 1985), Yuri Andropov (1983), Mikhail Gorbachev (1987 and 1989), and Antifa-styled protesters (2011).
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