Time Magazine tweeted

I wanted to see what Time thought was over-reported.

Surprisingly, I agreed with many of the choices: Palin, bed bugs, O’Connel, the koran burner and a few more deserved their place on this list.

But then again when we get to number ten – it’s what I expected from TIME

This photo under the caption of “Nameless victim”

Charlie Riedel / AP

was what the media thought too much was made of. After all, we all know the Gulf is fine and 72% of the oil evaporated into thin air! Pouf! The ocean is very big as Tony Hayward schooled us.

As for this bird, is fine  and raising grandchildren! (prove it’s not!)

But that was not all I expected – and found on that list.

At number four – TIME makes up a new word

4. The Mortalizing of Barack Obama

Not sure what exactly they mean by that, but from the context, I’d hazard a guess: the media (wrongly) took the immortality feature of Obama (kind of like a vampire that suddenly turns alive, thus becoming mortal) .

In an ironical twist, the example they are using to illustrate this exaggeration is….the healthcare reform

In order to ensure congressional passage of a legislative foundation for health care reform, he disappointed progressives by choosing not to fight for the public option.
And how do they know that was exaggerated?
Obama’s Gallup job-approval rating never dipped into the 30% range, as it had done for two-term Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan during their first two years in office. Obama may never have been “the One,” as Oprah Winfrey dubbed him, but he might not be doing quite as badly as his headlines suggest.
First of all Obama’s polls numbers actually did dip into the 30s – 39 to be exact. In the Top of the Ticket blog, the accompanying photo was this
Another Sinking Ship
I guess it’s why TIME used Gallup specifically, as the 39 happened in the Obama friendlier Zogby polling.
Second of all, people tend to remember the “shellacking”  more than the Gallup polling – which was due in great measure to that very “exaggerated” abandonment of the public option – much as the media didn’t mention it at all.
And of course, given the universal disgust for Obama’s latest cave in, talking about “exaggerated mortalizing” is a joke in itself.
I am sure this was written before the reaction to Obama’s latest post-partisan achievement.
And for all these reasons, I refudiate the mortalizing arguments. I think TIME got wee-weed for nothing.