If you think Edward Snowden is the most fascinating person of the year, ABC would like you to know that you’re wrong. And, evidently, so is Barbara Walters, who initially pitched Snowden for the top spot on the annual "10 Most Fascinating People" list.
According to a report from the Daily News, Snowden was too difficult to work with to include him that high up in the list, preferring mainly to work with Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian’s former bulldog tech reporter. Security, after all, is usually publicity’s downfall:
“Snowden, who did land further down on the list, is particular about his outlets, relying mainly on journalist Glenn Greenwald — formerly of the Guardian — to tell his stories, and would not participate. Instead, the network did a write-around with old interview clips for his part, much like they did with Gen. David Petraeus in 2012.”
ABC executives, for their part, deny that any nixing occurred for the popular list Walters generates every year. In fact, ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider told TVNewser he never even saw the list:
“There are only two people who pick the people who end up on the most fascinating list, and that’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. I certainly understand it has been a parlor game for years, to try and figure out who will be the most fascinating, but the only people who know who’s on the list are Barbara and Bill.”
Curious. But with Snowden still on the list, there’s not too much to complain about. Unless, that is, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus or Jennifer Lawrence—all fellow members of this year’s roundup—outdo Snowden’s final position.
Either way, we’ll find out how disappointed we all should be on Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m., when ABC will air Walters’ choices. Let’s just hope we as a people weren’t that obsessed with “Wrecking Ball.”