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Time Warner to Present Politics 2008: Media Summit on Election of the President


Event Co-Hosted by CNN and TIME at Time Warner Center on October 13 & 14

NEW YORK – Time Warner Inc. today announced that it will present Politics 2008 – The Media Summit on the Election of the President – a special event co-hosted by CNN and TIME on October 13 and 14, 2008 at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

For this two-day event, Time Warner is inviting leading media organizations and analysts, political insiders and pundits for a series of keynotes, conversations and panel events on topics ranging from the media’s roles and responsibilities in covering the campaign and election to how the digital revolution has changed the race for the White House.

“There is unprecedented interest in the 2008 presidential campaign for many historic reasons—this is a wide-open race with no incumbent, the country is at war, and the economy is challenged,” said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner. “That makes it a perfect time for us to present Politics 2008, which will bring together many of the country’s most astute political observers to help shape the national conversation about this extraordinary moment in history.”

“The stakes in this year’s election have never been higher, and the public is watching and engaging with the media in ways we never could have imagined,” said Jonathan Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “Our challenge is to probe, analyze and present all the issues, while enabling our viewers and users to participate actively with us in the process – and this event will play a vital role in addressing how we accomplish these goals.” TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel said: “In the most wide-open presidential election of our lifetime, the role of the media is more critical than it has ever been. At TIME, that responsibility is of paramount importance in all of our political coverage, from breaking news on The Page on to our 24/7 coverage of the campaigns and political profiles in the magazine. This conference will provide an important forum to discuss the role the media plays in the first truly multimedia election and beyond.”

Scheduled for the two days preceding the presidential candidates’ debate at Hofstra University, Politics 2008 will explore a range of topics. Examples of panels currently on the agenda include:

* - A Democratic Administration: Speculation on the Next Four Years: The Implications of Party Victory on Foreign and Domestic Policy & State of the Nation
* - A Republican Administration: Speculation on the Next Four Years: The Implications of Party Victory on Foreign and Domestic Policy & State of the Nation

* - Defining the American Experience; The State of the Global Superpower – How the World Sees Us and How We See the World

* - The Changing Face of News: The Power, The Influence and the Challenge of the Technologies

* - Puppet Masters and Policy Maestros: Analyzing the Brains and Architects of Modern Campaigns

* - Digital Politics: The Game Changer of 2008; Personal Interactivity, Email Money Bombs and Delivering the Message

“Politics 2008 will present the perfect cross-section of ideas and information from our industry’s thought leaders,” says Victor Harwood, President of Digital Hollywood, Inc., producer of Politics 2008. “This kind of election is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and our challenge is to provoke thoughtful conversation and inspire leadership equal to the task.”

Keynote speakers, panelists and other conference participants will be announced in the coming weeks. People interested in attending can pre-register at Additionally, the website will provide an up-to-date agenda, schedule and speakers list.


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