Much speculation has been circling around just who would be named Person of the Year by TIME Magazine. For quite some time the battle lines seemed to be drawn between NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and twerker (?) Miley Cyrus. TIME had recently said that Pope Francis was also in the leading 3 contestants.
Pope Francis has drawn both criticism and praise. Interestingly enough, these seemingly paradoxical emotions came from the same people many times. We have all heard the stories of Pope Francis sneaking out at night dressed in disguise in order to give money to the poor, embracing disfigured men and lashing out criticism of capitalism.
Given all that, TIME Magazine has named Pope Francis Person of the Year.
“This focus on compassion, along with a general aura of merriment not always associated with princes of the church, has made Francis something of a rock star. More than 3 million people turned out to see him on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro last summer, the crowds in St. Peter’s Square are ecstatic…”
Church leaders are even reporting what they call the “Francis effect”. Thousands of Catholics, which have abandoned mass and confession are now returning in flocks.
Do you think TIME chose the right person for the title?
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By Michael Lotfi,
Every year TIME magazine’s editors choose their “Person of the Year”. Last year it was President Obama who took the title. The choice is most always purely political. As so, it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, each year TIME releases a poll, which asks its audience to choose between many different candidates. Candidates are pitted against one another, and this year President Obama faces NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
The President’s second term has been little less than a plague of misfortune. Surrounded by scandal, secrecy, a total lack of transparency and failed policy, President Obama’s approval ratings have dropped off a cliff.
In the modern age of such secrecy and corruption, whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden become digital heroes. If you haven’t seen Snowden’s face on a meme or in a headline picture then you clearly aren’t alive to the tech age.
More than 346k people have voted in the TIME poll pitting the two against one another. Snowden’s victory is a landslide. However, don’t be surprised if the person of the year award magically goes back to President Obama. As I said, it’s purely politics.
Snowden even sits at the top of the list across the board. With 23% supporting him as the person of the year, and Obama sitting with a weak 0.5%.
NOTE: These poll numbers will fluctuate throughout the days ahead. The current screenshot only represents one moment in polling. You can vote in the Snowden v. Obama poll here, and others here.
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