Goofy, but unafraid to expose the truth – Could Glenn Beck be 2009's "Person of the Year?"
There was a day when Time Magazine's announcement of its "man of the year" selection was observed with a sense of reverence and excitement. But after picks like 2006's "You" and 2005's "Bono, Melinda and Bill Gates" and 1988's "The Endangered Earth," the bloom, so to speak, was off the rose.
Today WND seeks to create a new, annual "Person of the Year" journalistic institution – one with a special emphasis on recognizing individuals who make a positive impact on society against great odds.
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WND's editors have narrowed down a worthy list of notable figures to 10 finalists, and WND's readers have some input on who is ultimately honored as the 2009 WND "Person of the Year."
The finalists, in no particular order, are listed below:
- Alan Carlin – A senior research analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency, Carlin dared to challenge the science behind the U.S. government's massive economic commitment to reducing so-called "global warming." The EPA whistleblower demonstrated scientific facts don't back prevalent environmental ideology, but investigations revealed Carlin was ordered to keep quiet because his 93-page paper threatened to topple the "climate-change" house of cards.
- American Tea partier – From town halls to the Capitol Mall, the American grass roots – without any one leader or impetus organization – banded together and trumpeted over the mainstream media's neglectful coverage a demand that Big Government stop overspending, stop growing and stop trampling individual rights.
- Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe – The enterprising O'Keefe and Giles went undercover as pimp and prostitute looking for help from ACORN to establish illicit businesses and in the process exposed a culture of corruption within the federally funded community organization. Their hidden-camera videos sent shockwaves all the way to Washington, where the U.S. Census Bureau cut ties to ACORN and both houses of Congress took votes to halt funding to the organization.
- Carrie Prejean – Miss California was stripped of her title after a high-profile saga that began when she answered a question about marriage during a nationally televised Miss USA pageant. The "offensive" statement that caused all the controversy was that she thought marriage should be between a man and a woman. She was instantly vilified, even getting labeled a b---- and a c--- by a Miss USA judge.
- Rush Limbaugh – The most listened-to radio talker in the nation has so tirelessly held the White House accountable from the first days after the election that Barack Obama took a public shot at Limbaugh, followed shortly thereafter by other leading Democrats. Undeterred, Limbaugh has worked to make the administration more "transparent" to the American public than any White House to date.
- Lila Rose – A pioneer in undercover video work, Rose posed as a 15-year-old seeking an abortion to expose Planned Parenthood clinics across the country ignoring and skirting statutory rape laws and covering for child molesters in order to provide abortions to teenagers.
- Glenn Beck – One of talk entertainment's most rapidly rising stars, Beck has been blasted, ridiculed and even boycotted by leftists in full-blown panic over the impact his voice is having on America. His coverage of President Obama's czars, particularly Van Jones, has been at the forefront of the White House backtracking over putting radicals in positions of power.
- Sarah Palin – Rather than following the footsteps of her predecessors and fading quietly away after losing an election to become vice president, the former Alaska governor took the talk circuit by storm with her runaway best-seller, "Going Rogue." Despite leaving office and being roundly ridiculed in the media, Palin has maintained her relevance and is still among the favorites to lead the GOP in the future.
- Susan Boyle – Supposedly just a middle-aged church volunteer with delusions of reality show celebrity, Boyle shocked TV icon Simon Cowell and the entire world with a powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" that moved audiences to tears. The once "frumpy church lady" with the voice of an angel became an Internet sensation, a worldwide best-selling artist and an inspiration, with her story of overcoming abuse and ridicule to reach for her dreams.
- The mysterious "Climategate" hacker – As of yet unidentified, this secret someone leaked e-mails from a key global-warming research center in the United Kingdom in which scientists discuss how to "trick" and "hide" data contrary to popular theories of manmade "global warming." After the e-mails revealed plots to manipulate which scientists' findings do and don't get peer-approved, the world began to question if the supposedly certain science behind "climate change" isn't fueled more by ideology than scientific principle.
Carrie Prejean didn't let name-calling prevent her from standing up for traditional marriage
In a year filled with anger, lies and corruption, could this moment of inspiration make Susan Boyle "Person of the Year"?
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Which of the above candidates merit the honor of being named WND's 2009 "Person of the Year"? Or is there someone deserving that's been left off the list? Voice your opinion by sounding off here to WND's editors.