To the surprise of very few in the world, Time Magazine has named Pope Francis their 2013 Man of the Year.
One of the few people who was surprised was Glenn Beck. Though he would be more accurately described as outraged that the honor was not given to someone on the far-right. Namely, the Tea Party Senator and government shutdown enthusiast, Ted Cruz (R-TX).
According to Beck, Time gave the honor to Pope Francis, not because he had captivated billions and redefined the narrative of a far-reaching millennium-old institution, but instead deliberately snubbed Cruz for the honor because "they don't want to give him any more power."
Beck proclaimed that "progressives are fascists," which is why Time has named people like Hitler and Mussolini as the "Man of the Year."
Back in reality, Mussolini had never been named a Man of the Year. Hitler had, though Time explicitly notes that being named Man of the Year is not always a good thing.
Given that one of the five finalists for the "honor" was Syrian leader Bashir al-Assad, you'd think Beck would have been aware of that.
Cruz was among the finalists for the "Person of the Year," though Beck remained firm that Cruz never had an actual chance of winning, even though "he's the guy who is going to affect our life, your life, much more than anybody else."
For that reason, Beck named Ted Cruz the "Blaze Man of the Year."
This is not the first time Beck has responded to one institution's nomination by throwing a tantrum and insisting the award should have gone to a far-right extremist. When Barack Obama was given the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, Beck insisted that the prize should instead have gone to the Tea Party, namely his own 9/12 movement.
Yes, Beck actually said the Peace Prize movement should have gone to that Tea Party.