Even with The Guardian’s biased attempt to make Malala Yousafzai their 2012 Person of the Year (showing a large photo of her but none of the other 5 nominations, and putting her at the top of the list), they failed miserably, with Bradley Manning winning by a landslide 70% of the vote, their favourite Malala only garnering 22%.
It seems The Guardian was shocked by this outcome, as evidenced by approximately 36 hours of silence, before a pathetic attempt at announcing Manning as the winner.
The article is only a small blurb in the middle of their homepage, which talks about “fishy voting patterns,” their favourite Malala, and making it sound like a few tweets from @WikiLeaks is what won it for Manning. It mentions nothing of Manning’s courage to do the right thing, revealing war crimes, or his treatment amounting to torture since being detained.
To The Guardian: It wasn’t just a tweet, it wasn’t just WikiLeaks supporters that made Bradley Manning your 2012 Person of the Year, it was the awakened masses that value free speech, truth, peace, government transparency and accountability.
As a newspaper, as journalists, you should have voted for Bradley Manning too.
Shame on you Guardian.