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Time Magazine’s 2010 Person Of The Year Panel Discussion: Of Bond Villains And Being Bamboozled

Last night, Time magazine presented a panel discussion on the candidates for its upcoming Person of the Year issue, due on newsstands December 15th. This year’s panel, moderated by the magazine’s managing editor, Richard Stengel [pictured above, far left], included Daisy Khan, the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and wife of Person of the Year candidate Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf; Democratic campaign worker and political consultant Joe Trippi; Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of geographic and local services; musician, producer and one-time hopeful for Haiti’s presidency Wyclef Jean (Jean said he was “bamboozled” out of running); and blogger and author Meghan McCain.

Among the topics discussed by the panelists were their top picks for the annual honor. McCain selected members of the Tea Party and was interested in seeing how those running on an “anti-Washington platform” would eventually fare in Washington, as well as Glenn Beck. Jean picked the people of Haiti for their resilience in the face of recent earthquakes and an outbreak of cholera, as well as for their ability to show how technology can help bring different parts of the globe together for a common cause. Khan lamented that she couldn’t pick Time itself for its recent thought-provoking cover story on Islamophobia in the United States. Her picks, in order, were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, her husband, and Jon Stewart, who nominated as a candidate alongside Stephen Colbert. Trippi, in keeping with his background in politics, selected Nancy Pelosi as his number one pick, followed by the Tea Party members. Mayer, drawing on her own interest in tech, selected either Steve Jobs of the smartphone for their continued impact. She also recounted how Time‘s 1982 Person of the Year pick (then dubbed “Man of the Year”), the personal computer, marked her very first encounter with that type of technology.

The discussion took an interesting turn when candidates were asked to defend one another’s choices (most were not exactly game), and then asked to select their “Bad Guy of the Year.” Khan selected Beck for his stance on immigration and religion, opining that his views went against “the American ethos.” Trippi colorfully referred to the iPod and iPad as “slingshots for Goliath, and McCain felt that Australian Julian Assange‘s decision to reveal military information through his WikiLeaks site was “un-American” and likened him to a Bond villain.

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Readers Weigh In On Time‘s Person Of The Year

Tonight, Time magazine is hosting a panel discussion on their 2010 Person of the Year with guests Wyclef Jean, Marissa Mayer, Daisy Khan, Meghan McCain and Joe Trippi. (We’ll be covering the event tonight, so make sure to keep an eye on FishbowlNY’s Twitter account for coverage, WiFi access permitting.) In anticipation, the magazine is asking its readers to weigh in on their readers’ choice poll, ranking each of the 25 candidates for Person of the Year on a scale of 0 to 100, from least to most influential.

This year’s candidates include newsmakers like the Chilean miners, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and — a person we knew quite well this time last year — The Unemployed American. Readers also have the option of “Liking” each of the candidates and can sign up to be notified of the winning person when he or she (or they) is announced on December 15th.

Additionally, Time is asking readers to gather together through social networking site Meetup in order to discuss, in person, their choices for Person of the Year, including local people who have made in an impact in their respective communities and report back with photos and highlights from their meetings.

A full list of this year’s candidates appears after the

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