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Politico Uses Outside Playbooker: Day 2

Today is Politico Mike Allen‘s second day off since August 2009. Once again Politico has oddly gone off the reservation of its Arlington headquarters to find his replacement.

Yesterday it was ABC’s Jonathan Karl. Today’s “Guest Playbooker” is TIME‘s Michael Crowley. Crowley takes the opportunity to feature TIME‘s cover story by his boss, Richard Stengel. He writes, “Excerpts (and not just because he’s the boss!”) Yeah, riiight.

Allen does typically feature TIME‘s cover. Still, something doesn’t smell right here. Graphs devoted to TIME including highlighting a story by Mark Halerpin: 10.

UPDATE: Crowley wrote into FishbowlDC with a note of explanation: “Mike Allen typically gives generous space to spotlight TIME on Thursdays, when our new issues are out. (He devoted six graphs to our issue on April 12.) I told him in advance that I planned to tout this week’s issue, and he agreed that a Stengel cover story is extra-interesting. It was an honor to sit in for him, not least because people take their Playbook so seriously!”

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TIME Addresses Why Powerful Men Act Like Pigs

This week TIME cover addresses the it story of the moment: Sex. Lies. Arrogance. What Makes Powerful Men Act Like Pigs.

Nancy Gibbs explores the relationship between sex and power, writing, “The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City for allegedly trying to rape a hotel maid has ignited a fierce debate over sex, law, power and privilege.”

Managing Editor Richard Stengel also chimes in with a note on the topic du jour: “We expect people in power not to abuse it by taking advantage of the powerless, which is at the heart of the accusations against DSK. Schwarzenegger had the power to conceal his behavior from the voters and did so—which itself is an abuse. The French protest that even powerful men are entitled to a private life. But the reality is that the line between private and public behavior for public servants does not really exist, and pretending that it does is no longer useful.”

Time-People Party a Blend of Pomp, Cynicism and Booze

The fallout from WHCD continues.

The TIME-People party on Friday night at the St. Regis was jammed with members of the media with nearly all networks and publications represented. We spotted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer by the bar, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell by the couches, FNC’s Chris Wallace and wife, Lorraine chatting with ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton, who was all decked out in a long-sleeved, sparkly cream dress. TIME‘s Richard Stengel could be seen mingling with the likes of MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie and actor Steve Buscemi. Asked by one scribe how he felt about being shot by mobster Tony Soprano, Buscemi said, “If you’re going to get shot, might as well be by Tony Soprano.” Partygoers whispered about Bristol Palin being in the mix. Though much discussed, guests didn’t approach her in droves. She mostly stuck to quiet spots with her aunt and avoided anyone who tried to interview her.

We finally met up with Gawker‘s Political Editor Jim Newell, who described his blazer/khaki ensemble as “country club casual.” He said WHCD weekend is “obnoxious” but didn’t see the damage of stars mingling with Washington types. “I don’t understand why it has become celebrified,” he said. “Why do they come to this nerdy insider’s banquet?” A reporter in atttendance who wasn’t allowed to bring a plus one complained, “These assholes won’t let me bring my wife!”

Guthrie took exception to the negative undertones. She said she was looking forward to the dinner. “It’s fun to see your colleagues,” she said. “I enjoy it and I’m not cynical about it.” She told me she was planning to wear a long, black Michael Kors dress. “Really boring,” she said, downplaying her gown.

By and large, the party was enjoyed, especially those gift bags that many lugged out.


TIME Toasts the 100 Most Influential…

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TIME magazine hosted in New York last night the TIME 100 Gala to honor their annual  list of  the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”  This year’s list included domestic political figures such as Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Gabrielle Giffords, General David Petraeus, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Margaret Woodward, Michele Bachman, and Paul Ryan.  While the full list wasn’t in attendance last night, TIME managed to pull a huge number of notable names who helped create some very memorable moments.

One such moment was came when Governor Chris Christie who gave the first toast of the night to John F. Kennedy saying, “And so tonight, the person I’d like us to toast first, who has influenced my public life from the first time my grandmother took me to the museum of broadcasting in New York and showed me the inaugural address … John Fitzgerald Kennedy, I’d like us to raise our glasses, fifty years after his election and inauguration as the 35th president of the United States, and an inspiration to this Jersey Boy to think that politics in life not only was possible, but could be meaningful and change the world. To President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.”

The unlikely duo of Michele Bachmann and Chris Matthews (pictured) were spotted chatting and posing for pictures while a slew of political and media figures mixed and mingled at Lincoln Center.  Attendees included Richard Stengel, Fareed Zakaria, Joe Klein, Mark Halperin, Gayle King, Anna Kendrick, Mayor Cory Booker, Christiane Amanpour, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Meghan McCain, Harvey Weinstein, Ann Coulter, and Brian Williams among others.

Check out the full list of the 2011 TIME 100 here: http://ti.me/fnMSkT and more photos from the event here: http://ti.me/eNyRRX

Newseum’s Inside Media: Stengel and Battaglio

This weekend the Newseum is playing host to two interesting programs.  On Saturday, November 20th at 2.30 pm, Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel will appear at the Knight TV Studio as part of the Newseum’s Inside Media series.  Stengel will discuss the new book “Time: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Influential Magazine.” 

Then on Sunday at 2.30 pm, Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide Magazine will discuss his new book “David Susskind: A Televised Life.”

For more info on Stengel’s session click here.  Battaglio’s here.

Party with the ‘Powerful’ at Time’s “40 Under 40″ Party Tonight

Time celebrates its first list of “40 under 40” Rising Stars in U.S. Politics  tonight with a party in Washington at Zentan Restaurant.

Those expected in the crowd include Time Managing Editor, Richard Stengel, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President on Special Projects Stephanie Cutter, American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie, BBC Washington Correspondent Katty Kay, and MSNBC’s Luke Russert.

Those who made list and are expected to attend include:

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Time’s Startling Cover

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In a note entitled “What’s Hard to Look At,” Time Editor Richard Stengel explains the purpose of running the picture: “Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing. It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws.

“…I thought long and hard about whether to put this image on the cover of TIME. First, I wanted to make sure of Aisha’s safety and that she understood what it would mean to be on the cover.

“…The much publicized release of classified documents by WikiLeaks has already ratcheted up the debate about the war. Our story and the haunting cover image by the distinguished South African photographer Jodi Bieber are meant to contribute to that debate.”

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Quote of the Day

Time editor professes sympathy for Newsweek

“I don’t take any pleasure in what’s happening to them.”
Time‘s Richard Stengel when pressed to comment on the sale of Newsweek on Thursday morning’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

Grammar lessons

“Start getting rid of adverbs, my colleague just told me.”
WaPo‘s Nancy Trejos in a Wednesday tweet.

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Time and People to Party Again

People Managing Editor Larry Hackett and Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel will again fete the White House correspondents on the eve of the WHCA Dinner with a cocktail reception at the St. Regis Hotel. FishbowlDC will be there to cover it for you. Our post on last year’s event here.

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TIME Takes WaPo‘s Gellman

This morninig, TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel announced that the magazine has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barton Gellman. Gellman has spent almost two decades at the Washington Post.

At TIME, Gellman will write cover stories and feature pieces on government, politics, national security and technology. He also plans to write an occasional column for TIME.com, called CounterSpy, on personal privacy and security in the digital age.

See Stengel’s memo after the jump.
This morninig, TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel announced that the magazine has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barton Gellman. Gellman has spent almost two decades at the Washington Post.

At TIME, Gellman will write cover stories and feature pieces on government, politics, national security and technology. He also plans to write an occasional column for TIME.com, called CounterSpy, on personal privacy and security in the digital age.

See Stengel’s memo after the jump.

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