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Who Should Be Time Magazine’s 2011 Person Of The Year? Brian Williams, Seth Meyers, Jesse Eisenberg, Mario Batali, Grover Norquist and Anita Hill Discuss

This afternoon Time magazine hosted its annual panel discussion debating exactly who deserves to be the 2011 “Person of the Year.”

The panelists were comprised of “NBC Nightly News” anchor and panel stalwart Brian Williams, his colleague “Saturday Night Live” fake news anchor Seth Meyers, actor Jesse Eisenberg, law professor Anita Hill, Americans for tax Reform president Grover Norquist and celebrity chef Mario Batali. Moderated by Time editor Richard Stengel, the panelists debated whether a dead person (Steve Jobs, Osama Bin Laden) or group (populist movements, the 99%) deserve to be considered.

Some of the surprises:  Hill had a stern “no comment” when asked about the Herman Cain allegations, though she did say sexual harassment is more likely to be taken seriously now than it was 20 or so years ago.

Mario Batali is a serious dude. As you will see below, he had harsh words for Wall Street bankers (comparing them to Hitler and Stalin!), as well as Occupy Wall Street protestors, saying “it is a kind of a part time job for those guys, they aren’t really playing the real thing. They are kind of quietly sitting around. It is a very 2011 rebellion, they aren’t breaking anything, no one is getting hurt, for that very reason no one is paying any attention.”

Some of the other highlights from the lunch:

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34137asdfsd355-24101751.jpgRegrets: Norah Vincent writes a moving account of her regret over not voting this year. Most impressive part of her Op-Ed? She uses the word “doctrinaire” twice. TWICE, people!

obama_2.jpgConspicuous Consumption: Just in time for the ailing economy, the LAT launches a new blog, To Live and Buy in L.A. Good thing, too. Otherwise we’d have no idea where to get an Obama T-shirt for our dog. (Seriously people? Everyone’s 401(k) is running on fumes and you’re selling us ironic dog T-shirts?)

agudfasfilera.jpgOne Note Wonder: The LAT blog post about Christina Aguilera’s fave restaurants can’t be more than 300 words long, but that’s long enough, apparently, for Aguilera to run out of words. To wit: “I’m a chef groupie. I met Tom Colicchio recently and was starstruck.” and “I’m a chef groupie. If I met Mario Batali I’d be starstruck.”

Condé Nast Blog’s F-Bomb Problem

Condé Nast-owned diet blog Elastic Waist is getting into some hot water over their use of profanity. After a mention on fellow Condé Nast blog Epicurious, a user wrote in to complain that they were (gasp!) offended by some of the language. Food site Chow discovered that Elastic Waist is worded a bit stronger than you might expect a diet-oriented blog to be:

“Now, this reader could be referring to the fact that Elastic Waist drops the f-bomb seven or eight times on its first page—something that readers of the always-wholesome Epi-Log might not have expected from a site devoted to “Rants and musings on weight, body image, celebrities, fitness, food and other fixations.” Or maybe the reader was creeped out by the Marry, F*ck or Kill game featuring Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown. (Yikes.) Or perhaps the commenter was just offended by Elastic Waist’s suggestion to butter up a chafed butt with extra-virgin olive oil.”

Ah, gotta love the profanity.