It takes four separate covers to show 2018’s Time Magazine “Person of the Year.”

A group of four journalists and a news organization were named by Time as its Person of the Year.

Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi led those names,  which included staff members of the “Capital Gazette” of Annapolis, Md.; along with journalists punished for attempting to report facts: Maria Ressa of the Rappler news site in the Philippines and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Time calls them the “Guardians” in the struggle against lies and misinformation that has pitted news agencies against political groups and governments.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are, at the moment, imprisoned in Myanmar, so their photos are held by their wives, Pan Ei Mon and Chit Su Win.

The choice was a nod to the spread of misinformation in the United States and abroad by leaders who have sought to quash critical independent journalism.

And it offered a not-so-subtle rebuke to President Trump, an avid follower of the Person of the Year honor who, when asked last month about the upcoming decision, replied, “I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump.”

Perhaps he can take comfort in the knowledge that CNN’s Jim Acosta didn’t make the cut either – through no lack of trying.

Too soon?

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