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Time Criticized for Choosing Pope Francis Over Edward Snowden as Person of The Year (HuffPost)
Time chose the widely popular Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for 2013, sparking criticism from many who thought that the magazine’s choice for runner-up, Edward Snowden, deserved the top prize. Snowden was undeniably a figure of major consequence during the year, as Time itself acknowledged in its piece on him. In the months since The Guardian published the first round of revelations from the documents Snowden leaked, newspapers and websites in countries around the world have run article after article detailing the stunning breadth and depth of the global surveillance networks tracking the movements of seemingly everyone on Earth. Time / Person of The Year For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year. Capital New York Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs made the announcement Wednesday morning on the Today show in a well-hyped segment hosted by Matt Lauer. “He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions,” the Roman Catholic Church, “in an extraordinary way,” Gibbs told Lauer. TPM / LiveWire In an email to TPM, Glenn Greenwald, who has reported extensively on the National Security Agency’s top secret surveillance programs revealed by Snowden, said that the selection was motivated by Time‘s desire to be “relevant” — if only for a moment. Mashable Of the 86 “Person of the Year” issues Time has published since 1927, only five featured a woman. It’s not about naming a female for the sake of the gender equality. It’s about recognizing people beyond the status quo, such as Mother Teresa, Golda Meir, Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Sally Ride, Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton — all of whom the publication has overlooked. FishbowlDC In November, we ran a poll asking readers to pick Time’s Person of the Year and you chose (The Cool) Pope Francis. Well Time officially announced the selection of “The People’s Pope” Wednesday. This is great, as it indicates that the FishbowlDC readership is a very savvy and “in-the-know” demographic — which means we can charge advertisers more money! Hooray Pope Francis!

Ann Curry’s Options Dwindle as $12 Million NBC News Contract Nears Window (THR)
What will Ann Curry do next? The veteran newswoman’s deal with NBC News has a window in early 2014, and speculation is swirling about plans for the longtime correspondent. Insiders note that she wants to move on in the wake of her awkward June 2012 exit from Today. But where? Curry’s representative, Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, has made NBC News’ competitors, including CBS News, aware she will be available. TVNewser According to the Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie, sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps. HuffPost Curry’s departure might cause some headaches for NBC, but it would also bring a kind of closure to a painfully public soap opera that, in some senses, is still haunting the network. Curry has remained resolutely silent since her exit from Today; saying farewell could allow her to speak out and move on in a way she has not been able to while still at NBC.

Rachel Maddow to Pen Column for Washington Post (FishbowlDC)
In something of a backwards move in this day and age, a TV personality is taking on a print gig. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC fame will be writing a monthly column for The Washington Post, according to a memo from editorial page editor Fred Hiatt. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple “We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner,” noted a memo on the move. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Maddow, who has written columns for the Post before, will have her first monthly installment run this week, Hiatt said.