The Shmooze

Jon Stewart, Dubbed The Most Influential Man, Interviews Obama Tonight

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

The Obama-Biden Transition Project/Wiki Commons

President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart. One of the pair is the most influential man in the world, and the other hopes to sway young Americans to show up at the polls and vote Democrat on November 2 with a TV appearance tonight.

The most influential of the pair is not the President of the United States, but Comedy Central star Stewart, according to an online survey cited by the Wall Street Journal: “In a poll conducted by AskMen.com, ‘The Daily Show’ host took the number one spot, 20 slots ahead of President Barack Obama.”

The comedian-turned-pseudo-anchorman-turned political activist also beat out Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Kanye West in the poll, as the guy most responsible for shaping 2010.

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Jews Dominate Vanity Fair 100 Most Influential Moguls List

By Michael Kaminer

“So Much for Controlling the Media” was the headline on Heeb’s recent obituary for its own print product. But the latest issue of Vanity Fair offers evidence to the contrary; with Jews dominating that magazine’s annual index of the 100 most influential moguls, our grip seems secure as ever.

At the top: Preternaturally youthful Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose “World Domination Watch” — Vanity Fair’s words — cites the fact that “Facebook runs more banner advertisements than any other website (176 billion a quarter) and drives more U.S. visitor traffic to some sites than even Google.”

The founders of mighty Google themselves, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, rank third; as Vanity Fair notes ominously, “Ken Auletta revealed in ‘Googled’ that the trio discussed buying The New York Times.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — whose former job involved running a local media company — took seventh place, followed by Oracle founder and amateur sailor Larry Ellison, holder of “the third-biggest American fortune after Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffett’s.”

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Eli Broad Pledges To Give Away 75% of His Fortune

By Lauren F. Friedman

Late last week, in response to a campaign by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, high profile Jewish philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad publicly pledged to give away 75% of their $5.7 billion fortune. As part of an initiative that aims to increase philanthropy among the wealthiest Americans, Gates and Buffett have challenged the super-rich to join them in donating more than half of their money to charities and other not-for-profit causes.

“We agree with Andrew Carnegie’s wisdom that ‘the man who dies rich, dies disgraced,’” the Broads said in a statement.

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Have you Jew-Googled Today?

By Devra Ferst

Who’s Jewish? According to Google (and Gawker ) nearly everyone in Hollywood, from Meryl Streep to Morgan Freeman, and even Mel Gibson. Well, sort of.

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A post late Tuesday on media news and gossip Web site Gawker revealed that the top search suggestions on Google for various celebrity names (when preceded by the word is) include the word Jewish. For example, if you type the words “Is David Beckham” into the search bar, a drop-down menu will appear with several options, the first of which is “Is David Beckham Jewish.”

It’s the top ranked search for Robin Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Affleck and Bill Gates.

And it’s not just celebs. Type in “Is Al Gore” and you will get suggestions including “an idiot, Jewish, a hypocrite.” (Yes, in that order!)

Go ahead. Try it with your favorite celebrities. Let us know what you find. (You know you want to.)

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