Merkel prevails over Trump (for POY, anyway)
"Just thanking god the #TIMEPOY isn't Donald Trump," admits Digiday's Lucia Moses, speaking for -- well, probably most people, in response to why TIME selected Angela Merkel as "Person of the Year" for 2015 (at about 7,000+ shares right now). "Europe’s most powerful leader is a refugee from a time and place where her power would have been unimaginable," the piece argues, going on to say Merkel "gambled on freedom" and with respect to refugees has "wielded mercy like a weapon." At BuzzFeed, Ryan Broderick admits, "dang TIME's explanation for Merkel as Person Of The Year is gorgeously written and made me sort of emotional." The Daily Freeman's Ivan Lajara advises, "Don't try to sneak in a back rub at a G8 summit, though." Here's the official announcement, too.
Incredibly, Merkel is only the 4th woman ever to be named POY and here's why it's been 29 years. "Angela Merkel is the first individual woman to be Person of the Year since Corazon Aquino in 1986," explains Radhika Jones there. "I have never been alive for a female POY," realizes Caitlin Tremblay with Reuters. Coming in at #2 was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the "brooding muezzin of death" who leads ISIS, and at #3 -- you guessed it -- Donald Trump. "Time's Trump profile puts him in the historical context of Huey Long, Joseph McCarthy and George Wallace," Washington reporter Alex Rogers puts it into context. "No matter what you think of him...how could @realDonaldTrump NOT be @TIME #PersonOfTheYear?" wonders Mark Reardon at KMOX St. Louis. Incidentally, Black Lives Matter came in at #4.