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Jon Friedman

For roughly 14 years MarketWatch published Jon Friedman's Media Web column, a widely read destination for media industry professionals. A former reporter, columnist and editor for Bloomberg, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Investors Daily and other publications, he is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (ReInvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (2012, Penguin) and the co-author of "House of Cards: INside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (1992, Putnam).

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Saturday Night Live: Who Gets Your Vote as the Funniest Woman in SNL History?

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  • April 18, 2013 10:13 PM
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Netflix: Will Reed Hastings Forgive Wall Street?

Don't blame me! I was young and foolish. Wall Street misled me. Yes, that's it! It was all their fault, those anti-Occupy villains. Anyway, I have seen the light.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 18, 2013 1:55 PM
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Boston Mis-coverage: And The Media Wonder Why Nobody Trusts Them

The word of two bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last Monday was the kind of juicy story that the media can't resist covering -- or over-covering.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 17, 2013 9:16 PM
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  • 2 Comments

A Modest Proposal for Curbing Senseless Tragedies

We've grown numb as a nation to the tragedies on a college campus in Virginia, a movie theater in Colorado, bucolic Newtown, Conn., and now at the Boston Marathon. When will it stop? we plead.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 17, 2013 12:05 PM
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Boston Marathon Aftermath: TV News Gets an A+ at Selling Fear

In the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon tragedy, the U.S. television media have done an excellent job -- at selling fear.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 17, 2013 11:08 AM
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Boston Tragedy: 5 Ways TV News Could've Done Better

Judging by what I have read this week on social-media websites, much of America has disliked the television coverage, in particular. The public appears to be rather disgusted. For instance, I garnered 11 "likes" on Facebook soon after I posted the following on Tuesday afternoon:
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 17, 2013 10:55 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Dish Network Offers $25.5 bln for Nextel in Merger Mania

  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 15, 2013 5:31 PM
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Aereo is the New New Thing

The saga of rising-star Aereo is so predictable. An entrepreneur, in this case the highly successful Barry Diller, comes up with a brand of technology that catches on with the public. In response, the establishment feels threatened and vulnerable about losing its competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 15, 2013 3:28 PM
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Game of Thrones and the Miracle of Geek Chic

What makes HBO's Game of Thrones such an overwhelming success?
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 15, 2013 9:46 AM
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Mad Men: What IS Don Draper? A Hedonist? A Nihilist? A Pragmatist?

All anybody really needs to know about what makes Don Draper tick took place early Sunday night in the second episode of this season.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 15, 2013 9:43 AM
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