TIME magazine has chosen terrorist sympathizer and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as their joint Person of the Year, along with three other foreign subversives and the staff of Annapolis’s Capital Gazette; all supposed victims of what TIME considers to be Trump’s “War on Truth”.
During his lifetime, Khashoggi aligned himself with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and even Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders. While Saudi Arabia was aligned with the Brotherhood movement, Khashoggi appeared on state television as a regime loyalist. However, the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President resulted in Khashoggi developing a bad case of Trump derangement syndrome, which resulted in his removal from Saudi TV. Ultimately, he fled the country after Trump successfully appointed a new Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, who launched a crackdown on the nefarious activities of the Saudi establishment, including funding for terrorism. Khashoggi then quickly aligned himself with the pro-Brotherhood regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, developing close ties with Turkish officials.
Described by the Crown Prince as a “dangerous Islamist”, Khashoggi was later found dead in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, killed by a rogue cell of Saudi hitmen.
Another joint TIME person of the year is notorious subversive Maria Ressa, a former investigative reporter at renowned fake news operation CNN. Ressa has promoted bizarre conspiracy theories about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, including one that alleged Duterte’s election was the consequence of a network of bots running fake Facebook accounts. As a result of her defamation of the esteemed President, she is prohibited from entering presidential offices and had her publication’s media credentials revoked. She was also exposed for her serial tax evasion, which she farcically claims is as attempt by Duterte to silence her.
The two remaining subversives are Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who violated the law of Myanmar in order to claim, without substantial evidence, that Myanmarese troops were engaged in the killing of 10 Muslims linked to the ongoing jihadist insurgency in the nation.
The clear underlying suggestion in TIME’s choice of Person of the Year is that President Donald Trump, by confronting fake news outlets domestically and embracing realpolitik in foreign relations, has somehow enabled a “War on Truth” against fake news outlets – including the disgusting insinuation that Trump’s rhetoric had anything at all to do with the deranged individual behind the Capital Gazette attack. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, Trump has assisted by opening up access to the White House Press Briefing Room and presidential press conferences to previously sidelined alternative media outlets.
This is despite the massive impact that Donald Trump has had on the world, as the US President has brought about a booming economy at home, as well as peace for the Korean Peninsula. If the Person of the Year aims to merely recognize how consequential an individual was in world history that year, then there really is no one more deserving of the honor than our President.
Furthermore, if TIME really seeks to speak up for repressed journalists, perhaps this honor should have instead gone to Tommy Robinson, the citizen journalist who was jailed for months in the United Kingdom for merely speaking out against Islamic grooming gangs, or Alex Jones, the dissident news anchor who was the victim of a coordinated effort by tech companies to shut down his independent media outfit, Infowars.
TIME’s choice to grant 4 subversive figures, including a terrorist sympathizer and a tax cheat, the title of Person of the Year, clearly demonstrates that their agenda is more about promoting their cronies at other fake news outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post and Reuters, rather than truly standing up for a free media.