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Posts Tagged ‘Timothy Geithner’

Newsweek Celebrates The Year With Interview Issue

091219_COVER-thumb6.jpgThe last big story to come out of Newsweek was the Sarah Palin cover controversy, with a cover image that had been previously featured on an issue of Runner’s World. Not the most glorious way to end out the year.

So The Washington Post Co.-owned magazine decided to end December on a high note, combining its interviews with some of the world’s biggest names into several different segments. There’s Newsweek editor Jon Meacham talking to both Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger about the role of Secretary of State (or “Hey, we’re relevant too!”), Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough thinking they are witty while discussing what it is that makes someone a pompous pundit good talk show host (was Dennis Miller not available?), and director Peter Jackson talking with James Cameron about how to make billions of dollars without ever technically selling out.

It’s an interesting tactic to pit one interviewee off another, and one that’s certain to sell copies, even without all the other interviews in the issue, like Bill Clinton, Timothy Geithner and Gen. David Petraeus.

Read More: Newsweek’s Interview Issue

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Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

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Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravesnthal, Barbara Walters and Tom Colicchio. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.

Last night, Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel hosted a distinguished panel of guests to debate the question that always surfaces around this time of year: who should be Time‘s Person of the Year?

Stengel co-moderated the good-natured debate with former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiTime‘s Person of the Year in 2001. Panelists like Barbara Walters were encouraged to bring lists of possible Person of the Year candidates who met the title’s criteria, which includes having a global impact in the past year, for better or worse.

After running through lists of possible Person of the Year winners that included Bernie Madoff, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and the Iranian protesters, the six-person panel ended the night in a three-three split. Walters agreed with TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz and Gayle King that “the guys from Twitter,” meaning Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, should take the prize. Giuliani, “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio and Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravensthal all voted for “the economy,” settling on some amalgam of Ben Bernanke and the unemployed American worker as Person of the Year.

Stengel didn’t give any hints about who would end up the final winner later this year, but we’ll see in a few weeks when the Person of the Year issue hits newsstands.

Read on for more of the panel’s suggestions.

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Condé Nast Gets Crisis Management Help

4 times square.jpgIt’s no surprise that Condé Nast has been getting a lot of bad press recently in the wake of heavy staff cuts and four magazine closures.

But, according to reports, it looks like Si Newhouse is taking the advice of Lucky publisher Gina Sanders and getting some help from an expert: crisis manager and media coach Michael Sheehan.

Our sister blog PRNewser says that Sheehan “has experience in politics and finance having counseled Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, AIG during last year’s crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and JP Morgan.”

We’re looking forward to see how Sheehan works to put a happy spin on all the bad news that’s been coming out of 4 Times Square these last few weeks. Will he return the Orangina to the shrunken staff to boost morale?

Condé Nast Hires Crisis Intervention ExpertNew York Post

HuffPo Investigative Fund Gets Ready For Action

hpif.jpgAfter much anticipation, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund launched last week.

When the non-profit venture was announced last March, it promised to “produce a broad range of investigative journalism created by both staff reporters and freelance writers, with a focus on working with the many experienced reporters and writers impacted by the economic contraction.”

With it’s $1.75 million budget, provided by The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Philanthropies, the site already has some pieces up about the Bank of America bailout, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner‘s housing situation and health care.

In his introduction to the site, executive director Nick Penniman, founder of The American News Project, said the goal of the fund is to “merge the classic watchdog function of the press with the best tools of new media.”

“As financial pressures decimate the investigative reporting ranks at newspapers, magazines and TV stations, we are joining the movement to build new structures and ways of doing investigative journalism.”

We’re eager to see what sorts of investigative stories the I-Fund will pump out. And it will probably work to combat those critics who claim that HuffPo is destroying journalism.

Earlier: Washington Post Investigations Editor Named Exec Editor For HuffPo’s Investigative Fund

The Recruitment Song for Paul Krugman

This is Jonathan Mann singing a plea to NYTimes Columnist Paul Krugman to be the Secretary of the Treasury.

“For god sakes you won the Nobel Prize – Timothy Geithner uses Turbo Tax.”

Via Buzzfeed