This one was done with good intent, at least that’s what it seems to be. When Time’s polled their readers to pick the person of the year in 2012, the 4Chan community got together to vote unanimously for Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
They wanted him to win so that he would allow open internet in North Korea, where the internet is banned and propaganda fills the media. The intent was that Kim might lift the ban from the internet as this would project him as a great leader… and it would be something which he would want to show it off to his people.
Time’s refused to go with the readers’ choice and instead named Barrack Obama as the person of the year.