TIME magazine has once again published its issue sharing the 100 most “influential” people found across the globe. But one of the people honored has many scratching their heads.
The magazine has chosen to bestow the title to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who gained notoriety after falsely accusing now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during their high school years.
Edward Felsenthal, TIME’s editor in chief, tried to justify the decision by slightly detailing the selection process.
“We all have teachers, some we know intimately, others who inspire from the page or the screen,” Felsenthal said. “This holds true even for the most accomplished people on earth. Our annual TIME 100 issue is filled with tributes from teachers to students; in many cases, the surprise is who is playing which role today.”
“In many ways, these connections — forged across and among industries — are the heart of the TIME 100, which now, in its 16th year, is far more than a list,” he continued. “It is a community of hundreds of global leaders, many of whom support and challenge one another. And at a time when so many of our problems require cross-disciplinary solutions, they are also uniquely positioned to effect change.”
Despite this outrage there is some form of silver lining. Among the 100 people selected and honored, Justice Brett Kavanaugh also received the honor.
It’s puzzling that the magazine would choose to honor a man who has spent his life working for the good of the American people and a woman who lied in order to take him down. But such is the way of the world in 2019.