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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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'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).
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 18, 2013 1:53 PM
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You Like March Madness But CBS LOVES It

You betcha, CBS loves March Madness. It is a monthlong extravaganza for the network. Every gambler in the United States (and elsewhere) crawls out of his or her cave and wages heavily on whether Unknown A&M can upset Perennial Tech in the tournament.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 17, 2013 1:50 PM
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Can't NBC Take a Joke from Jay Leno?

Can't NBC take a joke?
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 16, 2013 1:46 PM
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More: NBC , Jay Leno

'Saturday Night Live' Is Not Dead

Last weekend, "Saturday Night Live" posted its best ratings in 14 months when Justin Timberlake acted as host and the musical guest. What do we make of this?
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 15, 2013 1:43 PM
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Fox News Gets a TV News Challenge

Well, it's about time that someone got around to try to compete against the all-mighty Fox News Chanel. Fox has been No. 1 in the cable-news ratings since the Magna Carta -- or, at least, it seems that long -- and, amazingly, noo ther conservative-oriented TV operation has tried to follow the leader.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • March 15, 2013 12:08 PM
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