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To: a-hole who wrote (103312)4/15/2008 3:53:56 PM
From: kknightmcc  Respond to of 122044
According to Herb Greenberg:

11:43:11 AM April 15th, 2008
On a Personal Note…
Just a bit of housekeeping – actually, house cleaning!

On May 1, I’m leaving MarketWatch, Dow Jones and traditional journalism to start an independent research firm with my friend, Debbie Meritz, an analyst/accountant who has been a very good source of ideas in the past.

I’ve devoted my career to journalism, starting in elementary school by delivering copies of the Miami News from my bicycle, to my first job out of college in 1974 as the first business reporter for the Boca Raton News.

I’ve since been part of the evolution of modern business journalism, working from beat reporter to correspondent to columnist to blogger.

When Debbie and I first started talking about the idea of setting up a research firm, it seemed like the next logicial step, just as it did when I left traditional print journalism 10 years ago to join the fledging online world.

Change is never easy, especially leaving a place as great as MarketWatch, which has been my home for the past four years. But change is also exciting and I’m looking forward to the next adventure.

Until then… you’re stuck with me for a few more weeks.

The beat goes on…

To: a-hole who wrote (103312)4/17/2008 8:10:43 AM
From: Kevin Podsiadlik  Respond to of 122044
Memo to Patrick Byrne…

7:58:18 PM April 16th, 2008 Permalink | Comments (8)

Got this totally predictable email today from Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne:

Dear Herb,

There are allegations that you were terminated upon CBSMarketWatch’s observation that positions in your columns overlap with the trading positions of certain hedge funds. What is your comment on these allegations?


Patrick M. Byrne, Journalist

Two things, Patrick:

First, if you fashion yourself as a journalist, you need to start by getting the name of the company right. It’s MarketWatch, not CBS MarketWatch. While you were out there several years ago wearing your tin hat and hallucinating about Sith Lords, we were sold by CBS to Dow Jones.

Second, it’s not good journalism for you and your pals to make up allegations and then claim that they are allegations, so let me make this as clear as I can: I haven’t been terminated, fired, axed or let go in any way. If I had, my guess is I wouldn’t be writing this item on a Dow Jones website using a Dow Jones-issued laptop.

While I’m thrilled with my new opportunity, telling my bosses and colleagues at MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal that I will soon be leaving was one of the low points of my career. You won’t find a more first class bunch, anywhere.