Putin Up a Fight
Dean Barnett of the Weekly Standard — for one — says the selection — "clarifies some of the deep-seated bias and willful ignorance that characterize so much of the mainstream media."
Putin got the nod over Al Gore, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, Chinese leader Hu Jintao and General David Petraeus.
TIME insists it did not intend to glorify Putin. Deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius saying "It's not an honor ... we're not saying that he's a good person, we're not saying he's a bad person. He is the person who has most affected the news in 2007 and going forward."