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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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What if 'Mad Men' Jumps the Shark?

Yes, America is panting for Sunday's night's new season of AMC's runaway train "Mad Men." If you don't believe me, run to the nearest social-media "comments" section and you'll see otherwise intelligent men and women acting like wide-eyed kids and counting down the hours till the ball drops and their beloved show goes back on the air.
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  • April 5, 2013 1:58 PM
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Roger Ebert: R.I.P., a Critic and a Journalist

The great journalists tower over their professions by the virtue of their ability and their charisma. Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday at the age of 70, did that in film criticism.
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  • April 4, 2013 10:53 PM
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Score: Barry Diller's Aereo 100, Network TV 0

The victory in court this week by Barry Diller's Aereo underscores the precarious nature of network television in the face of modern technological advances.
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  • April 4, 2013 12:43 PM
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Rolling Stones' 2013 Tour: So, Who Gets the TV Show?

The Rolling Stones are launching a North American tour early next month at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It's calculatedly dubbed "50 and Counting," to refer to the Stones' big anniversary as an entity and allowing them the luxury of touring under this banner in years to come. It's a cool slogan to boot.
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  • April 3, 2013 9:57 AM
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'Game of Thrones' and, Well, Nudity

I just got a phone call from a journalist friend -- well, we have never met or even spoken. But she is Facebook friend, so that is close enough by 21st century standards of communications, right?
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 27, 2013 5:52 PM
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Mike Bloomberg's $12-Million Gun-Regulation Ads

The New York Times is reporting that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg shelled out $12 million on a national advertising campaign that names senators he believes might be persuaded to support federal gun regulations.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 24, 2013 5:02 PM
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Why Harvard Is Now America's Team

Move over, Dallas Cowboys. Sorry, New York Yankees.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 22, 2013 2:14 PM
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Is Jake Tapper 'The Answer' for CNN?

Jake Tapper joined CNN from ABC News with such pomp and circumstance that all that was missing was an image of a white knight riding into a ghost town on a horse.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 21, 2013 2:09 PM
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Steve Coll to Helm Columbia School of Journalism

Steve Coll, a star at the Washington Post and the New Yorker, has taken on one of the toughest jobs in all of the media ecosystem: running the vaunted Columbia School of Journalism.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 19, 2013 2:00 PM
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Pew: Media's Future Bleak (So What Else Is New?)

On March 18, the Pew pollsters unleashed a blizzard of bleak data describing the media industry's future. You probably saw the highlights splashed across many media outlets (because the media love to cover the media; their appetite for self-examination knows no bounds).
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  • March 18, 2013 1:53 PM
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