Barack Obama "news person" of 2008
Barack Obama voted most newsworthy by Dutch school children.
AMSTERDAM—Dutch children from 53 primary and middle schools across the country voted Barack Obama “news person” of 2008. Forty-five percent of the 3,000 children who voted choose Obama. Twenty-eight percent voted the credit crisis as the most important “news fact” of the year.
It is the result of the “Student Poll” from the Stichting Krant in the Klas (Foundation Newspaper in the Class). The results were released Monday.
It’s the first time in five years that a non-Dutch person was voted as the most news worthy person of the year. The title went to top criminal Willem Holleeder in 2007. In 2006 integration ministers Rita Verdonk was chosen. The murderer of Theo van Gogh Mohammed B. won in 2005, and the “anti-social” family de Tokkies won in 2004.
The suspected killer of United States teenager Natalie Holloway, Johan van der Sloot, was second most “news worthy” this year with 22 percent of the votes, followed by crime reporter Peter R. de Vries (15 percent). The ban on smoking in restaurants and bars was the second most important news fact, followed by the presidential election in the United States.
The children held an in-class discussion before voting. Their choices are based on the media attention and the social importance of each subject.
According to the organization Krant in the Klas, the poll demonstrates that children are interested “grown-up” news, and not just “snack items.”