As TIME released its 2018 “Person of the Year” list, actress Patricia Heaton, known for her roles in the TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle,” called TIME out in a post on her Twitter page, asking, “[w]hy isn’t @GarySinise ever on the Person of the Year list?”
“Hey @TIME, why isn’t @GarySinise ever on the Person of the Year list?” asked Patricia Heaton in a tweet. “Hey @TheAcademy, why isn’t he ever picked for the #jeanhersholt humanitarian award? He raises $30M a year to build homes for wounded vets along with his #goldstarfamily support. Retweet!”
Heaton’s tweet included a tweet from Gary Sinise about 1,000 Gold Star Children travelling with their surviving parent to Disney World as part of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, founded by President and Chairman, actor Gary Sinise, has as its mission to “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
“We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities,” reads the site’s Mission page.
According to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s 2017 Annual Report, 91.12 percent of every dollar contributed to the foundation “was applied directly to support our nation’s defenders and their loved ones.”
TIME chose for 2018 “Person of the Year” “The Guardians,” four journalists and one news organization, including: Jamal Khashoggi, Wa Lone & Kyaw Soe Oo, Maria Ressa and The Capital News Gazette.
“It has long been the first move in the authoritarian playbook: controlling the flow of information and debate that is freedom’s lifeblood. And in 2018, the playbook worked. Today, democracy around the world faces its biggest crisis in decades, its foundations undermined by invective from on high and toxins from below, by new technologies that power ancient impulses, by a poisonous cocktail of strongmen and weakening institutions. From Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley, manipulation and abuse of truth is the common thread in so many of this year’s major headlines, an insidious and growing threat to freedom.”
TIME’s Editor-in-Chief explained why “The Guardians” were chosen as “Person of the Year”: “They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world—as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018—who risk all to tell the story of our time.”
TIME goes on, suggesting, “For all the insults hurled by the President at the press, rhetoric which has been deployed by dangerous actors around the world, the U.S. remains a beacon for truth and free expression. This is a nation where, as we saw this year, a news organization can sue the White House and win, even at the hands of a judge appointed by that very White House.”