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December 14th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

TIME's Person of the Year

TIME Magazine’s readers have chosen Julian Assange as their Person of the Year. The magazine itself announces it’s cover person for Person of the Year on Wednesday.

Who should it be?

If it is Mr. Assange, is chosen by TIME, what would you think of that choice?


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Joseph Kraatz, Oceanside, CA

    Yes, Assange definitely should be person of the year. Someone finally able to shed light on the shady government transactions.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  2. Jean, Toronto

    Julian Assange person of the year? Exulting him for wrongdoing? You are joking. You have a distorted view of what it entails to be "A person of the Year" but then again this America, getting it all wrong as usual.
    Some of you love too much negativity and negative people and exult such people, some of whom are out to destroy the world, are destroying it and people's reputation as Assange is doing.
    This man is dangerous and a threat to international security. He deserves to be tried for treason and be imprisoned for life.
    Are those who nominated him as such explain this nomination in full?
    Surely those who own and print newspapers as The Times and educated people at that should know that a person of the year should be influential, a model that others, specifically the young would be proud to emulate.
    You people got it all wrong. Need to have your heads examined and need to return to school and university to learn the meaning of "Person of the Year" as in certain other matters.
    By no means is Assange a person of the year and by no means in my estimation. No doubt, also in the minds of the enlightened, who "definitely" know right from wrong, legally and illegally, godly and ungodly.
    Find another person who has done some good for the world in 2010 who has assisted others in various respects and who made those lives happy, peaceful and comfortable. You know, as "CNN Heroes", recently broadcasted.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  3. Gordon McElwain

    Time's POTY should be someone who has contributed to society in healthy, constructive ways, not a jerk like Assange.

    My personal nomination would be the Tea Party.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  4. Dennis Linville

    While it is refreshing to finally get at least some disclosure of the horrible crimes carried out by the powers that be on humanity,I find it deplorable ,yet fitting that a black mailer is to be glorified by a major news magizine.
    Our government is being ran by a criminal element that far surpasses the nazi terror of wwII . Mass murder around the world while all jobs,rights and assets of Americans are being stolen on a daily basis.
    Yes, Given that we are being destroyed by criminals,it is only fitting the main stream media chooses to glorify one of their own.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  5. Georgia calls

    I thought it was going to be Lady Gaga. Not my preference.
    I would think the team who rescued the miners in Chili deserve a big applause.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  6. Dan

    I say Al Gore. His insight in to Global Warming earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Oh, wait, it's 25 degrees in Norfolk, VA today.
    He should be coming out to "explain" these below normal temperatures, as I don't tink it's "Global Warming".

    December 14, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  7. Aditya

    Two points.

    First, The Person of the Year goes to someone with impact – good or bad. Like Stalin or George W, two political leaders with more blood on their hands via either ego or stupidity than most.

    Second, Assange is a journalist performing a very important service to modern society, dragging the institution and apparatus of government and business into the reality of the 21st Century. What the populations of countries around the World SHOULD be doing is pushing back on their governments and legal systems harder in support of WikiLeaks, to bring in more transparency into processes.

    No self-respecting patriot and citizen, living in the reality of the post-Iraq-fake-WMD, post-BankGate fiasco, post-Lobby+SpecialInterest+Pork exposes should think that affording governments rights to secrecy in operation is a good idea.

    Certainly not within the great democracies or liberal nations of the World.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  8. jacob

    this is not Americas top model or hero ...
    Man of the Year" by TIME magazine in 1938. was Hitler...
    so he doesnot have to be good or bad...
    you don't have to like him or not...
    But Assange is the for sure the man of the year...

    December 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  9. jacob

    according to my wife ,i am the man of the year...and i guess i am better than those prior choices

    2004-George W. Bush
    1979: Ayatullah Khomeini
    1957: Nikita Khrushchev
    1942: Joseph Stalin
    1939: Joseph Stalin
    1938: Adolf Hitler
    1937: Gen. and Mme. Chang Kai-Shek
    Japan's invasion of China

    December 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  10. Pawan

    I vote for Jon Stewart to be the next POTY. His style of comedy/commentary/news/satire is new and refreshing. His show has also been acting as a fact check department for a lot of MSM outlets.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  11. Roger Madison

    I think he ought to share the cover with Benedict Arnold

    December 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  12. Jean, Toronto

    @Aditya:
    You and those who applaud Assange are oh so wrong and have it all wrong. Never should a person of the year be someone as Assange or any "bad" person.
    Person of the Year should always be one who has contributed to the betterment of society, those who have at least tried to make the world a better, happier, peaceful and secure place to live, no matter what the results.
    Assange belongs in a different category, an evil man and a menace to society who also divides. Such a man should never be considered a Person of the Year. Be fair and just.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. jOHN

    For anyone who is complaining about Assange as a potential choice citing him not benefiting society or whatever, please check the choice in 1938.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  14. Bharat

    I don't think the panel which picks the Person of the Year looks about good or bad someone did. I believe even Adolf Hitler got the Person of the Year once in 1938.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  15. Lisa

    Jean:
    In a world that has turned upside down, I certainly do agree with your comments. Good looks bad and bad looks good. It is so confusing. However, in the end, good will reign. I think this idea that it makes no difference whether we do what is right or what is bad, but how we influence the world seems backward. It seems to me that those who do what is good for all should be the examples we applaude. Noteriety should not be just something everyone aspires to, but we should pick those who inspire us to do what is right and good. We will see what damage has been done and then be sorry we applauded.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:19 am |
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