Time's Person of the Year: The Guardians and the War on Truth

Four writers and a newspaper are chosen as Time's annual "Person of the Year" for 2018.

December 11, 2018

We've all been waiting anxiously for the annual reveal of Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."  There was a shortlist...Megan Markle, Donald Trump, Christine Blasey Ford.  But it has just been announced that the person is actually four journalists and a newspaper...that is, Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.

Person of the Year is not an objective award, per se, and not always one individual.  Rather, it is a measure of the amount of influence someone has had upon the news cycle in a year.

The journalists are all writers who experienced great injustices in their pursuit of unbiased truth; the Capital Gazette was the paper where a gunman opened fire and killed four journalists and a sales assistant in June.

According to Time, they selected the group, "for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and speaking out."

The Today Show notes that this is the first time the magazine has given the honor to someone posthumously, or after their death.  The second most influential individual of the year was Donald Trump; third was special counsel Robert Mueller.