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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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David Carey, Linda Wells & The Power Lunch Diehards

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— DIANE CLEHANE

A little birdie told us we missed Wyclef Jean by a day. Then, on Monday night, we hear the joint was jumping at Miramax’s party for The Tillman Story with Josh Brolin making the scene. We didn’t spot any celebrities in the dining room at Michael’s today (it is August, after all), but we did chat up plenty of the usual suspects who were getting in one of the last power lunches of the summer season before decamping to their cottages on the beach. (We’ll be sequestered in our air conditioned living room watching Mad Men on demand if this awful heat drags on.)

I was lunching today with public relations maven Catherine Saxton and Benjamin Cohen, president and founder of BobCarMedia. I’ve met plenty of self-made moguls here at Michael’s, but I have to say when it comes to having passion for what he does, Ben puts a lot of those guys to shame. From the moment I sat down, I found myself transfixed by Ben’s story of serial entrepreneurship that started when he was 12 years old at his parents’ retail store in Brooklyn. Enterprising Ben was so good at bringing the customers in that a competitor stole him away at age 15, and by 18, he was running his own electronics store in Westchester. At 25, he expanded his empire to include 50 cellular phone stores nationwide. “I always wanted to take the intimidation factor out of purchasing technology,” Ben told me.

In the late nineties, he opened a ‘technology salon’ on Park Avenue that was designed to keep Manhattan execs up to date with the latest gizmos and gadgets. The concept was so successful that it landed him on Bill Gates’ radar who then tapped Ben’s company for the east coast launch of Windows98. “That changed everything,” says Ben.

Ben launched BobCarMedia in 2002 with a focus on getting companies to embrace the concept of mobile marketing tools that allow consumers to test drive products outside the brick-and-mortar environment. Today, his brand ambassadors had two of his sleek, eco-friendly BobCars parked outside Michael’s so the curious could try out T-Mobile’s webConnect Rocket. “We’ve shown marketers you don’t need to wait for the customer to go into the store,” says Ben who has helped CLEAR, Wendy’s and Snickers rev up their businesses all over the country. “We’re new, different and run lean and mean. We can adapt to changing technologies and news market fast, and that means great things for our clients.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Uber agent Ed Victor and pals

2. Peter Brown

3. Hearst president David Carey, who arrived with a copy of the latest issue of Marie Claire under his arm, and a distinguished looking gent we didn’t get to meet.

4. Steven Rubenstein and an unidentified casually clad gal.

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Paste Magazine Helps with Songs For Haiti

songs_for_haiti.jpgWith all the rescue and relief efforts going towards Haiti over the past week, it’s natural to feel a little post-disaster fatigue even without turning on the television to hear the phrase “bottlenecking at Port au Prince” every two seconds.

Luckily, Paste magazine has used its considerable musical resources to gather over 200 recording artists on its “Songs For Haiti” collection, a relief project that is giving 100 percent of its earnings to three different Haiti charities. While bands like Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, and Hanson (Hanson!) contributed unreleased tracks to “Songs For Haiti,” you can help by donating your money and receiving the plethora of MP3s. Charity has never sounded so good!

We caught up with Paste publisher Nick Purdy yesterday, and asked him if these musicians were the same ones who donated tracks to Paste last year to help the magazine stay afloat.

“It’s the same platform, and a lot of the same artists…but going towards a different goal,” Purdy explained. “Like a lot of people, we’re just trying to think what we can do, how we can mobilize…Haiti’s going to be an issue for awhile.”

With that in mind, Purdy and Paste have no definitive end date for their “Songs” project, but hope to raise a couple hundred thousand dollars for the relief effort, which will go to Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross and Wyclef Jean‘s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Full press release below.

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Previously: Paste Magazine Thrives Through Belt-Tightening

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Covering Haiti

nytimes011510.jpgIt would be impossible to touch upon the many ways in which different media outlets are covering the tragedy unfolding in Haiti after this week’s earthquake. But while some outlets, like The New York Post, are back to business as usual as the situation in the Caribbean continues to unfold, other outlets are doing excellent, around the clock work and adding innovative social media projects as well.

As the quake rocked Haiti earlier this week, networks and news nets packed up reporters and shipped them to the tiny island nation as quickly as they could. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, NBC’s Ann Curry and Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Katie Couric and Fox News’ Steve Harrigan and Bill Hemmer were among the reporters on the ground. But not all coverage was equal. Today, James Rainey praised CNN in the Los Angeles Times, while criticizing Fox News for not giving the breaking news more air time:

“CNN’s determination to stick with the news stands in stark contrast to its competitors, particularly Fox News, that in prime time have increasingly been committed to building their brands with political commentary over straight reporting.”

In newspapers, we’ve seen some superb coverage from The New York Times, including a large, gut-wrenching photo on today’s front page. The paper’s Web site is filled with photos and videos from the epicenter of the destruction, and its staff has established a site where people can submit photos of missing loved ones. The Times has also created a Facebook page dedicated to news and information of the earthquake and its recovery.

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Condé Nast Traveler Shows Travel Industry How To Save The World

world savers.jpgToday, we spent some time at Condé Nast Traveler‘s World Savers Congress, a conference that gathered members of the tourism and travel industries that are trying to make a difference in the world through conservation, sustainability and other philanthropic efforts, along with other companies and philanthropists that share their vision and goals.

We were drawn to the conference by special guest speakers Mandy Moore, Wyclef Jean and Edward Norton — all inspiring philanthropists and world travelers — but there were some media personalities there as well. CNT‘s editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska opened the event by welcoming everyone and served as master of ceremonies throughout. “We’re at the dawn of a new era,” she said “Business will be transformed, and ultimately in the best possible ways.”

New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof moderated the first panel of the day, featuring TOMS Shoes CEO Blake Mycoskie and Rachel Webber, the director of energy initiatives for Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. Although News Corp.’s energy initiatives grew out of the desire to streamline their business expenses, they now realize that folding socially conscious initiatives into their business model can improve the brand’s reputation around the world, Webber said.

Later, documentarian Ken Burns previewed his latest project, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. You can check out a clip here.

Then, over lunch we sat at the bloggers’ table with CNT bloggers Julia Bainbridge, Mollie Chen and Wendy Perrin, Jen Leo of The Los Angeles Times and bloggers Todd Lucier, Aimee Barnes and Elliott Ng (who snapped some great photos of the event).

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After lunch, Norton spoke to the crowd about his travels and various philanthropic works. He spoke at length about the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in Eastern Africa, where he serves as president of the board. Norton says he primarily helps the trust raise money that is then invested back into conservation, education and health care programs in the Maasai community. Right now, the New York resident is training to run the New York Marathon on November 1 with three Maasai warriors. All the funds raised in support of his run will go back to the Maasai, he said. Come marathon day, we’ll be keeping an eye out for Norton and his Maasai running buddies.

Overall, all the talk about sustainability and conservation and saving the world got us thinking: what can we do to give back? Give us some ideas. What are some ways you give back to the community and help the world at large?

After the jump, more photos of the day’s event

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Name that Convention Tune

21471260GG21471261-slarge.jpgWe already know what Barack Obama listens to on his iPod, now comes word of what attendees at the Democratic Convention in Denver this August will get to listen to. According to “The Sleuth” blog at washingtonpost.com supporters can expect to be entertained by the likes of Kayne West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. Meanwhile in the audience, you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with bold-faces such as Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Forrest Whitaker, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ed Norton Jr. One presumes, “tasteless” covers aside, David Remnick will also be allowed in.

Grainy Dana Vachon-Wyclef Jean Video Surfaces

“Lit” boy of the moment Dana Vachon is having a good week. The 28-year-old banker turned blogger’s debut, Mergers & Acquisitions, has been heralded as the next Bright Lights, Big City and has thusly received a coke-load of press (clubbing with the New York Times, eating at Balthazar with the New York Observer, profiled New York mag, and, oh, worked into the New York Times again).

Looking for a piece of Vachon they missed? Try the above video [via GalleyCat] of Vachon singing “Perfect Gentleman” with Wyclef Jean at the Audi Forum in New York City on December 5, 2006.