November 23, 2004

Nominee for Time’s “Person of the Year” [7:21 am]

FCC chief has had quite a year [pdf]

It’s the season for Time editors to mull possible candidates for its 2004 Person of the Year. According to the magazine’s criteria, the final selection will be ”the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or worse.”

[...] Interesting choices all, but here’s an even better suggestion — Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

From driving Howard Stern to announce a 2006 move to satellite radio to making ABC affiliates so skittish about airing a film with graphic violence and profanity that more than a third canceled a Veterans Day airing of ”Saving Private Ryan,” no individual this year has had a greater effect on our cultural lives — for good or ill, for better or worse — than Powell.

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