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(New York Daily News)   ABC rejects Barbara Walters pick of Edward Snowden as year's most fascinating person. Miley and Kanye still candidates, no word on Honey Boo Boo   (nydailynews.com) divider line 126
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2013-12-05 08:03:16 AM
Attention whores are never fascinating, no matter their medium.
 
2013-12-05 09:26:36 AM
Yep wouldn't want to reward whistle blowing... then more people might expose corruption...
 
2013-12-05 09:28:52 AM
He made the boss look bad, next.
 
2013-12-05 09:29:52 AM
Someone alert the media! Oh wait...
 
2013-12-05 09:30:28 AM
I'd actually go with George Takei. He's been a constant fighter for gay rights, and this past year has really seem him (and his FB team) become a daily force for civil rights.
 
2013-12-05 09:30:40 AM

WTF Indeed: Attention whores are never fascinating, no matter their medium.



Yes, he's so "Look at me!" for revealing that the US and UK governments have spy agencies run amok that have violated both US and UK law, for years.

And did a single interview. That's so "look at me"! The swine!
 
2013-12-05 09:30:56 AM
How about an expose on the kind of people who find the aforementioned fascinating?
 
2013-12-05 09:31:59 AM

WTF Indeed: Attention whores are never fascinating, no matter their medium.


You're confused.  Snowden immediately went into hiding, released that ONE video with Laura Poitras and Greenwald, and now lives anonymously in RUSSIA and works as an IT guy at Russia's Facebook clone.

So yeah, not quite the attention whore.
 
2013-12-05 09:32:39 AM
ABC is owned hard by Disney, that's partially why.

/sort of glad our TV broke
 
2013-12-05 09:32:51 AM
 
2013-12-05 09:33:32 AM
How about someone who fights against human trafficking? Like R.A. Dickey?
 
2013-12-05 09:34:39 AM
I wish American media would stop obsessing over Snowden and spend time on the information he revealed.
 
2013-12-05 09:35:33 AM

WTF Indeed: Attention whores are never fascinating, no matter their medium.


I love this story and i really love seeing how people react to it.
 
2013-12-05 09:36:31 AM

antidumbass: ABC is owned hard by Disney, that's partially why.

/sort of glad our TV broke


As long as Uncle Sam helps keeps Mickey, Donald and the gang in chains, Disney wouldn't even entertain such treasonous ideas.

Thank God we don't let large entertainment conglomerates own our national news agen-oh wait.
 
2013-12-05 09:36:42 AM
This list is very important. The govt should get involved.
 
2013-12-05 09:37:12 AM

generallyso: I wish American media would stop obsessing over Snowden and spend time on the information he revealed.


Don't hold your breath.  Try international media.
 
2013-12-05 09:37:59 AM
How dare Barbara Walters suggest someone who is an enemy of the government-media complex? Oh wait, she can't get an interview with him. She must be really senile to think she could get an interview with Snowden.
 
2013-12-05 09:38:51 AM
I think Frank Stallone's time has finally come... he deserves it. Better late than never.
 
2013-12-05 09:39:08 AM
Why so mad subby? Fark.com have ten times more stories about Kanye and Miley than Snowden.
 
2013-12-05 09:41:25 AM

generallyso: I wish American media would stop obsessing over Snowden and spend time on the information he revealed.


That won't happen. The Guardian is a much better job than our media, which are all neutered lapdogs for the political establishment.
 
2013-12-05 09:43:09 AM
1 guy exposing mass government corruption
6 celebrities
1 athlete
1 newborn baby
1 religious figurehead

Fascinating.
 
2013-12-05 09:44:35 AM

CommonName2: 1 guy exposing mass government corruption
6 celebrities
1 athlete
1 newborn baby
1 religious figurehead

Fascinating.


Have any suggestions?
 
2013-12-05 09:44:47 AM

generallyso: I wish American media would stop obsessing over Snowden and spend time on the information he revealed.


That would mean taking responsability for something or other...  No can do, citizen.



That Miley tho, twerkin it half as good as a million other ho-bags on every porn site.
Definitely interview material.

/The lack of T&A to shake make it controversy.
/So controversy, so shocking.
 
2013-12-05 09:45:08 AM
If only Snowden was also a celbrity or an athlete, then people might actually get around to taking what he says seriously.
 
2013-12-05 09:46:15 AM
How about the new president of Iran, Rouhani? Bringing about a pretty radical change in Iranian foreign policy, albeit with approval from Khamenei, to possibly make the Middle East not a powder keg is pretty interesting.
 
2013-12-05 09:48:49 AM

Summoner101: How about the new president of Iran, Rouhani? Bringing about a pretty radical change in Iranian foreign policy, albeit with approval from Khamenei, to possibly make the Middle East not a powder keg is pretty interesting.


Good one!

1) Hassan Rouhani
2) ???
3) ???
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???
 
2013-12-05 09:50:10 AM

Summoner101: How about the new president of Iran, Rouhani? Bringing about a pretty radical change in Iranian foreign policy, albeit with approval from Khamenei, to possibly make the Middle East not a powder keg is pretty interesting.


Heh.  Snowden will win before Rouhani.  Or even Netanyahu before Rouhani.  Or you.
 
2013-12-05 09:50:44 AM

Summoner101: How about the new president of Iran, Rouhani? Bringing about a pretty radical change in Iranian foreign policy, albeit with approval from Khamenei, to possibly make the Middle East not a powder keg is pretty interesting.


Yes, but can he twerk?
 
2013-12-05 09:52:40 AM
I beg to differ as well:

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2013-12-05 09:55:41 AM

Gunny Highway: Summoner101: How about the new president of Iran, Rouhani? Bringing about a pretty radical change in Iranian foreign policy, albeit with approval from Khamenei, to possibly make the Middle East not a powder keg is pretty interesting.

Good one!

1) Hassan Rouhani
2) ???
3) ???
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???


I think Pope Francis belongs on the list of possibles as well just because of the direction he's taking the church. While it'll take many time to trust the church again, he's definitely taking positive steps to rebuild the church's credibility.
 
2013-12-05 09:57:20 AM
What's so interesting about sticky-fingered Paultard?

Oh, that's right, he gave the media an excuse to finally look into laws we passed in 2001 and 2008, and then blame Obama.
 
2013-12-05 09:57:46 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I'd actually go with George Takei. He's been a constant fighter for gay rights, and this past year has really seem him (and his FB team) become a daily force for civil rights.


His FB team has been top notch and very funny.
 
2013-12-05 09:58:39 AM
Fark's 10 most 'fascinating' people of the year:

1) Hassan Rouhani
2) Pope Francis 
3) ???
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???
 
2013-12-05 10:02:27 AM
I think Pope Francis belongs on the list of possibles as well just because of the direction he's taking the church. While it'll take many time to trust the church again, he's definitely taking positive steps to rebuild the church's credibility.

I disagree with the Pope, while he has come out and said some fantastic things, his cardinals seem to have a response within a week contradicting what was said and the worst part is he does not then even give them a slap on the wrist. If he really believed what he said, then the cardinals would be chastised often.
 
2013-12-05 10:03:31 AM

Gunny Highway: Fark's 10 most 'fascinating' people of the year:

1) Hassan Rouhani
2) Pope Francis
3) ???
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???


I nominate Mayor Fatty McCrack.
 
2013-12-05 10:04:02 AM
The Muthaship: He made the boss look bad, next.

QFT.
 
2013-12-05 10:04:26 AM

ZombieBear: I think Pope Francis belongs on the list of possibles as well just because of the direction he's taking the church. While it'll take many time to trust the church again, he's definitely taking positive steps to rebuild the church's credibility.

I disagree with the Pope, while he has come out and said some fantastic things, his cardinals seem to have a response within a week contradicting what was said and the worst part is he does not then even give them a slap on the wrist. If he really believed what he said, then the cardinals would be chastised often.


Does him not chastising the cardinals make him less fascinating or more fascinating?  You seem to be following the Pope's words and actions pretty closely.
 
2013-12-05 10:05:29 AM
if you find miley or kanye 'fascinating', you may be an american retard ready to sell out your freedom and rights.
 
2013-12-05 10:05:43 AM
m.memegen.com
 
2013-12-05 10:06:50 AM
Fark's 10 most 'fascinating' people of the year:

1) Hassan Rouhani
2) Pope Francis
3) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???
 
2013-12-05 10:09:31 AM

Gunny Highway: ZombieBear: I think Pope Francis belongs on the list of possibles as well just because of the direction he's taking the church. While it'll take many time to trust the church again, he's definitely taking positive steps to rebuild the church's credibility.

I disagree with the Pope, while he has come out and said some fantastic things, his cardinals seem to have a response within a week contradicting what was said and the worst part is he does not then even give them a slap on the wrist. If he really believed what he said, then the cardinals would be chastised often.

Does him not chastising the cardinals make him less fascinating or more fascinating?  You seem to be following the Pope's words and actions pretty closely.


I guess so. We are not asking for good people, just interesting ones.
 
2013-12-05 10:09:39 AM

Warlordtrooper: Yep wouldn't want to reward whistle blowing... then more people might expose corruption...


He's still a criminal and a coward.  if you want to reward whistle blowing, go with Chelsea Manning.  At least she owned up to the crimes committed and faced the music.
 
2013-12-05 10:09:55 AM

Gunny Highway: Fark's 10 most 'fascinating' people of the year:

1) Hassan Rouhani
2) Pope Francis
3) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???


Well, if we're making a Fark specific list, doesn't Joe Biden go on by default?
 
2013-12-05 10:11:44 AM
They'll probably kick the Pope off the list too. After all, he's also an enemy of America due to his criticism of capitalism and his exhortations to follow the teaching of some commie Jew instead of the One True God, the Apostle (Rand) Paul.

Bread and circuses, people! Bread and circuses!
 
2013-12-05 10:13:03 AM

ManateeGag: He's still a criminal and a coward.  if you want to reward whistle blowing, go with Chelsea Manning.  At least she owned up to the crimes committed and faced the music.


At considerable cost to Manning's own freedom.  Snowden did the right thing, because the chances of receiving a fair trial were zero.
 
2013-12-05 10:13:32 AM

ManateeGag: Warlordtrooper: Yep wouldn't want to reward whistle blowing... then more people might expose corruption...

He's still a criminal and a coward.  if you want to reward whistle blowing, go with Chelsea Manning.  At least she owned up to the crimes committed and faced the music.


In further investigation, Chelsea Manning did commit a crime, it was not whistle blowing, she dumped a tonne of information, much of it compromising, without quite knowing what she had.

Snowden released specific documents and very clearly only leaked what was necessary to reveal the wrong doings. Which is more related to whistle blowing.

The only reason we give Manning a pass is because of the sensationalist aspect of some of the videos.
 
2013-12-05 10:14:44 AM
Beer summit: Rouhani, Pope Francis, Snowden, Putin, Clinton. and Barbara can host. Hell throw in Rodman and Shaun Penn for color commentators. I can dream. Actually, when she retires and isn't controlled that scenario might be more likely than you think.
 
2013-12-05 10:14:51 AM
Lol, I'm weading these comments in Babawa Wawtew's voice.
 
2013-12-05 10:15:42 AM

jakomo002: ManateeGag: He's still a criminal and a coward.  if you want to reward whistle blowing, go with Chelsea Manning.  At least she owned up to the crimes committed and faced the music.

At considerable cost to Manning's own freedom.  Snowden did the right thing, because the chances of receiving a fair trial were zero.


Sometimes people to the right thing no matter what it costs them.
 
2013-12-05 10:17:13 AM

Gunny Highway: CommonName2: 1 guy exposing mass government corruption
6 celebrities
1 athlete
1 newborn baby
1 religious figurehead

Fascinating.

Have any suggestions?


I was being honest. It is fascinating that society is mostly interested in people famous for being famous. There is only one person on that list that actually affects our lives in any way, yet more people are interested in a British baby or a girl (cool as she seems to be) who has some sound clips and a movie released this year.
 
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