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Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 13:44 GMT
And the winner is...
Tens of thousands of you voted in our poll to find the Newsmaker who had made the greatest impact in the last year.

Film-maker and author Michael Moore has emerged the winner of our poll of Newsmakers, heading off competition from figures as diverse as Mike Tyson, Henry Kissinger, Charlotte Church and Bill Clinton.

MICHAEL MOORE
He first rose to prominence with his documentary Roger and Me
TV shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth followed
His book Stupid White Men has been a bestseller
Movie Bowling for Columbine is currently showing
Newsmaker is BBC News Online's weekend profile of someone who has had an impact on the previous week's news. It aims to give an original and thoughtful portrait of a figure in the public eye.

Over the past week, tens of thousands of you have voted in our poll, first whittling the 45 candidates down to four finalists, and then choosing between the four. Exact results are below.

In response to the vote, Moore, who has made criticism of the political establishment an art form, gave a typically combative statement.

He said: "Well, thank you - but I want to come clean and admit that I, too, had a private conversation with Diana's butler, and I told him to 'just burn all that junk'. Had he taken my advice, the country could have focused its attention much earlier on what kind of fruit tea Mrs Blair drinks.

"By the way, isn't it redundant to refer to a real estate advisor as a 'conman'? Anyway, thanks to all of you who have engaged yourselves in my work and I promise to see that Mr Bush is a one-term 'president' - as long as you promise to pry your prime minister's lips off of W's idiot arse."

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