The media have a less than stellar track record when it comes to their assessments of heinous, murderous leaders. Such was the case in 2017, when Time magazine referred to the now-deceased Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani as “James Bond, Erwin Rommel and Lady Gaga rolled into one.”
Your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, this is an actual quote derived from Time’s 100 Most Influential list in which Soleimani was included. The introductory sentence written by former CIA analyst Kenneth M. Pollack is a quintessential example of the tone- deaf mentality those in the media possess: "To Middle Eastern Shi'ites, he is James Bond, Erwin Rommel and Lady Gaga rolled into one."
The celebrity treatment bestowed upon Soleimani is indefensible and disgraceful. It also begs the question of why a brutal foreign leader would occupy a slot on Time’s Most Influential list to begin with.
Almost as an afterthought, Soleimani’s terrorist ties and evil status was touched upon:
To the West, he is the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards—responsible for exporting Iran's Islamic revolution, supporting terrorists, subverting pro-Western governments and waging Iran's foreign wars.
It is difficult to imagine how a press that claims to be concerned with human rights would allow such an article to be written much less published in a national magazine.