None of the newsmaker nominations, drawn from names suggested by The Crime Report staff and contributors, captured a majority of this year’s reader votes, reflecting perhaps the large number of potential candidates— or maybe the fact that we were on the wrong track entirely, as a few readers complained.
But the plurality of votes went to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the # MeToo Movement, who were each tied at 40 percent. Former TCR contributor Matthew Mangino summed up for many why Mueller stood out in the year: “Without twitter, talk shows or press conferences, (he) is making a lot of noise, methodically sifting through the remnants of a campaign bent on winning at any cost.”
The comments supporting the collective choice of the participants in the social media campaign, underscore the reasons why many also chose the sexual misconduct story as a landmark development in 2017. The campaign took off in October, when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged spreading the phrase, tweeting that, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
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