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Opening Arguments


A diversion for the easily amused:

It’s a leak Barbara Walters doesn’t want you to know about.

The ABC News doyenne pushed hard to have NSA leaker Edward Snowden at the top of her list of 10 most fascinating people of the year — but in the end was overruled by network brass, a source told Confidenti@l.

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.

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In addition to Snowden, the others chosen for the much-anticipated special include Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (starring jointly as KimYe), baby Prince George, the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” swimmer Diana Nyad, “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts and Pope Francis.

What the hell is "fascinating" anyway? It's clearly not a synonym for "interesting" since Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are among the least interesting people on the planet. And 'fascinating" would seem to somewhat diminish the importance of the pope. I guess she means "worthy of their celebrity" or something, which certainly fits the :Duck Dynasty" cast.

Baba should be on the list herself. The fact that she still has a TV gig is fascinating.