Time Names 'The Protester' As 'Person Of Year'

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Protester" has been named Time's "Person of the Year" for 2011.

The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.

The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States, and says these protesters are reshaping global politics.

Last year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg got the honor.

Time's "Person of the Year" is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor in 2009. The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama. Other previous winners have included Bono, President George W. Bush, and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Time said it is recognizing protesters because they are "redefining people power" around the world.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Wow. If it's not about NASCAR, your "heroes" at Fort Braggart, some redneck worried about his popgun rights, or the spooky father figure in the sky with the hippie carpenter son, then it does not count. You ECU disciples need to get a life beyond the trailer park.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Does anybody read Time besides leftist wackos?
  • by ? on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    I’ve got to say that the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture, before I read the headline, was "Did Time actual pick one of the oppressed women from the Middle East for 'Person of the Year'? That's Awesome!" Then I read the headline, now the only thing that comes to mind is one of those OWS squatters that are not accomplishing anything other then making a mess and making money for big business (they really are and they don’t even know it).
  • by John Thomas on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    Because I learned how to read, I know that Time Magazine's Person of the Year is suposed to recognize the person or group who for better or worse had the greatest impact on the news during the year. With all the news about the uprisings in the Middle East and occupy Wall Street, this was a good choice. Some of the protests were for the better and some were for the worst, but they did dominate the news this year.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Without the protests of some British subjects there would be no America would there? I believe that's who the Tea Partiers identified with. No protest, no reform, no progress.
  • by Huuuummmmmm on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    The cover showing all but the eyes makes you wonder does't it? Who wears attire that covers all of a womens face and head only leaving the eyes exposed? What does that cover indicate?
  • by Dave Location: Somewhere in NC on Dec 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    The same crappy rag that named Hitler Man of the Year.
  • by k on Dec 14, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    People are protesting around to world to set up a government like OURS. The are overthrowing corrupt, oppressive governments (so we don't have to do it for them!)...how is that a bad or "liberal" thing? The US has quite a few people we need to kick out of office as well, but we're all too concerned about our individual lives and not our country...
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Time Magazine (left-wing rag) WOULD name this. This publication is only very expensive toilet paper to me. It's in line with the pre-Soviet collapse PRAVDA.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    Henry and Clair Booth Luce would be astonished over the fact that the conservative magazine they founded has turned into a mouthpiece for the libral left. As a reult, just like Newsweek, Time will see its circulation and advertising revenues reduce to the extent that the publication becomes a thing of the past. Good riddance!!
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