GOP Group Calls on Time Magazine to Honor Parkland Hero as ‘Person of the Year’ Over Mueller, Dr. Ford

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A conservative activist group GOP Action has been working to catch Time Magazine’s eye in hopes that they will reconsider their shortlist for their annual “Person of the Year” contest.

Time Magazine announced their shortlist Monday morning, which included mostly political figures.

Their finalists are:

Time chose to honor the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting by including the “March for Our Lives” organizers, but GOP action claims there is one particular hero from Stoneman Douglas High School that should have been honored.

They’ve created a petition to get Time Magazine to honor Peter Wang, a student who gave his life in order to allow other students to escape the gunfire.

GOP Action wrote of their campaign:

“Peter Wang was killed during the Parkland shooting while holding a door open for dozens of his classmates to escape. Peter’s dream was to serve his country as a soldier.

However, Peter has not make [sic] TIME’s Person of the Year shortlist. People like Dr. Ford, ‘separated families,’ Vladimir Putin, and the March for Our Lives Activists did.”

The petition to have Wang included in the list has gotten quite a bit of attention on Twitter.

This isn’t the only honor people have been pushing for Wang to receive. Several of his former classmates have called on President Trump to consider Wang for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Although it is unlikely that Time will adjust their list to include Wang, it is clear that he is a hero and should be honored as such.

As IJR previously reported, Wang was awarded the JROTC Medal of Heroism for his actions.

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banstan
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Anybody who has gone to the doctor in the last 15-20 years has noticed just how thin Time Magazine has become. Lack of advertising due to lack of readership. Also, who has EVER seen a Time Magazine ANYWHERE other than a doctor’s office? Who has a friend or acquaintance that actually admits to reading Time online?

Phyllis Softa
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All of the magazines my husband & I subscribe are thinner than 15-20 yrs ago. His are hunting, fishing and investments magazines. Banstan, you have to be the only non-publisher in the country that is unhappy with fewer ads. 20 yrs ago, everyone was complaining about all the ads.
And yes, I read Time online as well as in print. .

banstan
Member

Fewer articles , too, philly. AND, fewer articles worth reading. Just keep on spinning.

LadyWhiteWolf15
Member

Peter Wang is an excellent choice. I highly recommend his name to be submitted. I was a member of my HSROTC program and loved every minute of it. His sacrifice so that others may live should be honored.

Phoenix
Member

People seem to misunderstand what the issue of Time is supposed to signify. The magazine says it features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

Peter Wang was undoubtedly a hero, but that isn’t the measure in which Time uses to select their person of the year.

Morte206
Member

Please, then explain Meghan Markle? I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of the issue and thus the reasoning for excluding Mr. Wang and while i might not agree with some of the nominees MM’s truly baffles.

Phoenix
Member

Honestly I’m not sure. I figured she was on the list for something that happened outside of the US that I didn’t know about.

I’m embarrassed to say that my primary news reading is pretty limited to only things occuring in or directly impacting the US.

TOM
Member

And so Time Magazine chooses to honor the likes of David Hogg?

Phoenix
Member

Aside from continuing to misunderstand what the Time Person of the Year signifies….

David Hogg never was Time Person of the Year.

Sam Dorman
Editor

I think it will ultimately be Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. She’s become such an icon for progressives. The Parkland movement has basically fizzled out after the beginning of the year and their impact on the midterms seemed to be ineffectual.

Lizzie Helmer
Editor

My money is on Jamal Khashoggi. He’s still making daily headlines and I think the choice will please Time magazine’s audience without ensuing as much controversy as a Ford choice would

TOM
Member

And what exactly has he / his murder contributed to “. . . has done the most to influence the events of the year”?

Phyllis Softa
Member

If Parkland activist fizzled out after the beginning of the year, why did IJR continue to publish articles about them as late as 9 days ago? 2 months ago?
https://ijr.com/smithsonian-march-for-our-lives/
https://ijr.com/parkland-victim-father-nra-actress/
https://ijr.com/david-hogg-explain-peaceful-movements/
https://ijr.com/march-for-our-lives-activists/

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