"Time" magazine announced its Person of the Year yesterday . . . and they didn't limit it to a single person. They went with journalists who are battling the, "war on truth." They refer to them as "The Guardians". They particularly chose to honor those who've paid a price for speaking truth to power. Including JAMAL KHASHOGGI, the "Washington Post" columnist who was butchered . . . most likely by the Saudi government . . . back in October. Other reporters "Time" paid tribute to include: Maria Ressa of the Philippines, who's facing 10 years in prison for her critiques of the country's authoritarian leadership . The five people gunned down in the newsroom of the "Capital Gazette" in Annapolis, Maryland over the summer . And two Reuters reporters spending seven years in prison in Myanmar for documenting the deaths of 10 minority citizens. The magazine says, quote, "This ought to be a time when democracy leaps forward, an informed citizenry being essential to self-government. Instead, it's in retreat. "The modern despot . . . foments mistrust of credible fact, thrives on the confusion loosed by social media and fashions the illusion of legitimacy from supplicants." If "Time" had left this decision up to us regular folk, things would have gone differently. According to their readers' poll, the Korean boy band BTS would have been Person of the Year. Well, technically, they would have had to share the honor. They tied for first place with Planet Earth.
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