Former carnie con and self-proclaimed huckster Peter Fenton created the Carnie Awards to honor Americas top carnival- style tricksters and baloney artists.
Celebrities are typically the years biggest cons, but vp candidate Sarah Palin came from behind in a landslide victory as 2008 Carnie of the Year.
Fenton says Palin deserves the dubious honor because a few weeks ago she was unknown to Americans and now shes everywhere.
He says, Weve never had a politician win the Carnies. She came out of nowhere and is trying to be appealing, but like a true carnie con, theres no meat in the sandwich.
Palins win was decided on by Fenton and a panel of carnies he used to work with, who have seen every trick in the book.
Other people on the 2008 list include Miley Cyrus for being a marketing whiz kid, Hurricane Gustav for tricking the mass media, Batman for crushing the box office with The Dark Knight, and the Jonas Brothers for banking on their alleged chastity.
Fenton is the author of Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist (Simon & Schuster).
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