Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are among the 25 nominees for Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year – claiming a singular spot as a twosome, and not separately.
Explaining the inclusion of the Comedy Central couple, Time says that Stewart and Colbert’s recent side-by-side mock-protest rallies held in D.C. “cemented [them] as two of the most influential entertainers today…. In fact, whether they like it or not, they are arguably the leaders of a distinct group of informed but not inflamed Americans.”
Other TV personalities making the hallowed list are soon-to-be TLC reality star Sarah Palin (touted by Time as “a personality big and bold enough to rally the disparate wings of the Republican Party under one flag”) and Fox Newsman Glenn Beck.
“At a time when the political echo chamber is more cacophonous than ever, the weeping wild man is cutting through the din,” the mag says of Beck.
Among those moving and shaking up things on perhaps a more global scale and also making Time‘s Top 25, you’ve got Hu Jintao, the president of China; Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey; the rescued Chilean miners; and U.S. president Barack Obama.
Votes for “POTY” can be cast here, by clicking on the candidate’s name.