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Dem lawmaker rips Time acquisition: Get ready for Ayn Rand as next 'Person of the Last & Next Century'

Dem lawmaker rips Time acquisition: Get ready for Ayn Rand as next 'Person of the Last & Next Century'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) slammed a Koch-backed publisher's acquisition of Time Inc. on Sunday, joking that Time magazine's next "Person of the Last & Next Century" would be libertarian and conservative icon Ayn Rand. 

"Get ready for next year’s new Time Magazine feature “Person of the Last & Next Century” Ayn Rand," Boyle tweeted. 

 

 

Boyle was referring to Time's famed "Person of the Year" feature, in which the magazine selects an influential figure to grace its cover at the end of the year.

On Friday, President Trump tweeted that he passed on receiving this year's distinction, something that was disputed by the publication itself.

Rand, the author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged," is considered an icon among many libertarians and conservatives.

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Boyle's tweet comes after it was reported that Meredith Corporation, which is backed by conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch, would acquire Time Inc. for $1.8 billion. 

News of a potential deal had raised concerns that Time's editorial independence would be compromised by the Kochs' influence. 

“We are adding the rich content-creation capabilities of some of the media industry’s strongest national brands to a powerful local television business that is generating record earnings, offering advertisers and marketers unparalleled reach to American adults,” Meredith CEO Stephen Lacy said in a statement, according to Reuters.