The top news stories of 2010

The week before New Year’s Day is always a time of retrospection for me, in which I look back on the soon-to-pass year and contemplate what it means, from a number of different perspectives.  I invite you to help me do that.  In the days leading up to New Year’s, we’ll discuss different facets of 2010.

First, let’s see what we can come up with in journalism’s annual wrap-up of the top news stories of 2010.  But with a twist:  What do you think were the most important news events of the year?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Porcell

    The big story is that the American people by and large understand the downside of a bloated, intrusive federal government and are royally demanding substantial change in Washington. Democracy works.

  • Porcell

    The big story is that the American people by and large understand the downside of a bloated, intrusive federal government and are royally demanding substantial change in Washington. Democracy works.

  • Tom Hering

    Given all the talk this past year about America being a center-right nation, the big story is that Barack Obama is the most admired man in America for the third consecutive year, and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America for the ninth consecutive year. It kind of makes me giggle just a little bit. ;-)

  • Tom Hering

    Given all the talk this past year about America being a center-right nation, the big story is that Barack Obama is the most admired man in America for the third consecutive year, and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America for the ninth consecutive year. It kind of makes me giggle just a little bit. ;-)

  • Porcell

    Tom, it’s hardly surprising that Obama topped that poll; sitting presidents have done so in 52 of the past 64 years.

    The really interesting point of that poll is that George W Bush came in second, beating Clinton by a point.

  • Porcell

    Tom, it’s hardly surprising that Obama topped that poll; sitting presidents have done so in 52 of the past 64 years.

    The really interesting point of that poll is that George W Bush came in second, beating Clinton by a point.

  • Tom Hering

    No, the really interesting point is that Jimmy Carter ties Glenn Beck, even though the former President doesn’t have a show on FOX. ;-)

  • Tom Hering

    No, the really interesting point is that Jimmy Carter ties Glenn Beck, even though the former President doesn’t have a show on FOX. ;-)

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Ouch. That’s not saying much for Glenn Beck.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Ouch. That’s not saying much for Glenn Beck.

  • Porcell

    Yes, Beck would have a case against Gallup for severe slander.

  • Porcell

    Yes, Beck would have a case against Gallup for severe slander.

  • Jerry

    I never really felt there was much to say about Mr. Beck. Unfortunately, the big story continues to be that the US is more divided politically than ever. The Republicans with the help of the tea party have leadership of the House, while the Senate remains more so in the hands of the progressives and the President is legislating through executive order.

  • Jerry

    I never really felt there was much to say about Mr. Beck. Unfortunately, the big story continues to be that the US is more divided politically than ever. The Republicans with the help of the tea party have leadership of the House, while the Senate remains more so in the hands of the progressives and the President is legislating through executive order.

  • SKPeterson

    1. Mid-term elections in U.S.
    2. European financial melt-down
    3. Korea, North v. South
    4. Tony Romo engaged!
    5. Continuing economic crisis, uneven recovery in U.S.
    6. Who got the World Cup?
    7. Afghanistan
    8. Mexican border chaos

    And a few to watch out for:

    9. Brazil. No longer just our friendly neighbor to the South.
    10. Drug de-criminalization appears to be successful based on Portugal’s success over the last 10 years.

    Maybe-rans:

    11. China is trying for the big leagues, but may be running out of steam.
    12. The collapse of Latin America and the oblivious obtuseness of the U.S. re the death spirals of Argentina and Venezuela and the thwarting of better relations with Colombia, Chile and Peru.

  • SKPeterson

    1. Mid-term elections in U.S.
    2. European financial melt-down
    3. Korea, North v. South
    4. Tony Romo engaged!
    5. Continuing economic crisis, uneven recovery in U.S.
    6. Who got the World Cup?
    7. Afghanistan
    8. Mexican border chaos

    And a few to watch out for:

    9. Brazil. No longer just our friendly neighbor to the South.
    10. Drug de-criminalization appears to be successful based on Portugal’s success over the last 10 years.

    Maybe-rans:

    11. China is trying for the big leagues, but may be running out of steam.
    12. The collapse of Latin America and the oblivious obtuseness of the U.S. re the death spirals of Argentina and Venezuela and the thwarting of better relations with Colombia, Chile and Peru.

  • Rev. Lohse

    How about Matthew Harrison elected as President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod?

  • Rev. Lohse

    How about Matthew Harrison elected as President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod?

  • helen

    1. A few record snowstorms to teach us that we can blather on about the weather but God is in charge.
    [Elsewhere, floods and volcanic eruptions... same lesson.]
    2. The BP blowout to prove that men are not even trying to “protect the environment”!
    3. The Supreme Court’s decision that corporations may legally buy Congressmen, which eliminates “representation of the people” (or at least 99% of them, but they haven’t counted in 40 years anyway).
    4. The country that was warned by its first president to “flee foreign entanglements” now has troops in more countries than Britain ever did in its colonial hey-day and is trying to win a war (already of record length) that Britain gave up on. Twice.

    5. Yes, Matt Harrison was elected President of Missouri Synod. ( We must think he’s Hercules!)
    The turnover of about 30 members of the COP might make his job possible. Pray a lot!

  • helen

    1. A few record snowstorms to teach us that we can blather on about the weather but God is in charge.
    [Elsewhere, floods and volcanic eruptions... same lesson.]
    2. The BP blowout to prove that men are not even trying to “protect the environment”!
    3. The Supreme Court’s decision that corporations may legally buy Congressmen, which eliminates “representation of the people” (or at least 99% of them, but they haven’t counted in 40 years anyway).
    4. The country that was warned by its first president to “flee foreign entanglements” now has troops in more countries than Britain ever did in its colonial hey-day and is trying to win a war (already of record length) that Britain gave up on. Twice.

    5. Yes, Matt Harrison was elected President of Missouri Synod. ( We must think he’s Hercules!)
    The turnover of about 30 members of the COP might make his job possible. Pray a lot!

  • Rev R Bonine

    My vote is for the Chile Mine Rescue Operation.

  • Rev R Bonine

    My vote is for the Chile Mine Rescue Operation.

  • Tom Hering

    Rev R Bonine @ 11, I second your nomination. And it was an American drilling technology company that volunteered its services, and made it happen.

  • Tom Hering

    Rev R Bonine @ 11, I second your nomination. And it was an American drilling technology company that volunteered its services, and made it happen.

  • Kirk

    Antoinne Dodson and the Bed Intruder.

  • Kirk

    Antoinne Dodson and the Bed Intruder.

  • Pete

    SK @8

    Spain got the World Cup and, as much of a fan of Germany as I am, they deserved it – a remarkable team.

    In that vein, it could be argued that the remarkable prophecies of Paul the Octopus are the story of the year.

  • Pete

    SK @8

    Spain got the World Cup and, as much of a fan of Germany as I am, they deserved it – a remarkable team.

    In that vein, it could be argued that the remarkable prophecies of Paul the Octopus are the story of the year.

  • SKPeterson

    Pete – believe it or not, Spain lost. 2018 WC is in Russia, with 2022 in Qatar. Huge upsets for Spain and USA.

  • SKPeterson

    Pete – believe it or not, Spain lost. 2018 WC is in Russia, with 2022 in Qatar. Huge upsets for Spain and USA.

  • Booklover

    Earthquake in Haiti

  • Booklover

    Earthquake in Haiti

  • Stephanie

    I always find that you can pretty accurately judge the biggest news stories each year, or at least the biggest “happenings” each year, with a quick read through of Dave Barry’s year-in-review. As an added bonus you get an ab workout from laughing so hard.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/01/1992746/dave-barrys-2010-year-in-review.html

  • Stephanie

    I always find that you can pretty accurately judge the biggest news stories each year, or at least the biggest “happenings” each year, with a quick read through of Dave Barry’s year-in-review. As an added bonus you get an ab workout from laughing so hard.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/01/1992746/dave-barrys-2010-year-in-review.html

  • Carl Vehse

    George Scaggs lists the The 10 Biggest ‘Non-Story’ Stories of 2010 the MSM fifth column failed to cover:

    1. ObamaCare
    2. Support for Arizona’s SB1070
    3. No federal budget
    4. Infiltration of radical Islam and sharia law in U.S.
    5. Dominance of racial identity politics is waning
    6. The JournoList scandal
    7. Local law enforcement assists SEIU thugs
    8. Global warming sham further exposed
    9. Feds shut down Gulf drilling industry
    10. The resurgence of states’ rights

    Details are in Scaggs’s column.

  • Carl Vehse

    George Scaggs lists the The 10 Biggest ‘Non-Story’ Stories of 2010 the MSM fifth column failed to cover:

    1. ObamaCare
    2. Support for Arizona’s SB1070
    3. No federal budget
    4. Infiltration of radical Islam and sharia law in U.S.
    5. Dominance of racial identity politics is waning
    6. The JournoList scandal
    7. Local law enforcement assists SEIU thugs
    8. Global warming sham further exposed
    9. Feds shut down Gulf drilling industry
    10. The resurgence of states’ rights

    Details are in Scaggs’s column.


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