Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield is the co-host of On the Media

Bob Garfield isn’t exactly a media whore, but he’s extremely promiscuous.

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. In the world of marketing he is an institution, like the Red Cross. Or San Quentin.

When not casting broadly, Bob casts podly, with former OTM producer Mike Vuolo on the insanely popular Slate language program “Lexicon Valley.” In print, Bob has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Rainbow Room, the Smithsonian, Circus Circus casino, the Grand Ole Opry, the U.N., Harvard University, Princeton University and, memorably, a Thai Kickboxing ring in Cape Town, South Africa.

He is the author of five books, most recently Can’t Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997, favorably reviewed and quickly forgotten.  His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages (although, admittedly, one is Bulgarian). His 2009 crackpot screed The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has all come true. Garfield co-wrote “Tag, You’re It,” a snappy country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom “Sweet Surrender.” It sucked.


Bob Garfield appears in the following:

The Unfortunately Unsurprising Revelations of the Podesta Emails

Friday, October 21, 2016

John Podesta's emails with journalists do not betray a Clinton-media-collusion, but they do highlight the often shifty ethics of political reporting.

How the Election Is Actually Rigged

Friday, October 21, 2016

Voter fraud is not be a legitimate concern, but that doesn't mean the election isn't rigged. How gerrymandering has hijacked American democracy.

The Power of "Rigged"

Friday, October 21, 2016

From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, the notion of a "rigged system" has coursed through this election cycle. But does the word inspire hope or just suspicion?

The Myth of Voter Fraud

Friday, October 21, 2016

Claims of voter fraud are not only almost always false but often lead to disenfranchisement of real voters. A closer look at the most talked about, and least real, kind of rigging.

The ISIS Propaganda Slowdown

Friday, October 14, 2016

Despite heated campaign rhetoric, a new study suggests that ISIS is more on the ropes than we're being led to believe.

Under the Wall

Friday, October 14, 2016

A look at the secret tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall -- and the JFK administration's efforts to stifle reporting on them.

Radio Host Bob Garfield on Trump and Telemarketing

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The co-host of 'On The Media' on what advertising taught him about politics, and where he gets his news. 


What We Talk About When We Talk About Taxes

Friday, October 07, 2016

Does getting out of paying income taxes make you smart or unpatriotic? A closer look at the public's complicated relationship with taxes.

War, Peace... and Clowns

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Two stories that won't fit in the full-sized show this weekend but that are too good to pass up. What can we say? We live to serve.
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When Calling It a "War Crime" Isn't Enough

Friday, September 30, 2016

After all the horrors of the war in Syria, what does it mean when yet another event is called a "war crime"?

Gary Johnson's Having a Moment (Again)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Gary Johnson is running to be the president of the United States. What, besides his gaffes, do we know about him?

How Prisoners Get Punished When Their Families Post Online

Friday, September 30, 2016

Prisoners are being punished for social media profiles -- even when they're maintained by family and friends on the outside.  

The Media Take the Bait

Friday, September 30, 2016

There was plenty to talk about in Monday's debate. But the media, with the help of the Clinton campaign, only had eyes for one story...

How the First Trump-Clinton Debate Played in the Media

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On the Media's Bob Garfield says Lester Holt did a good job moderating, but post debate spin rooms continue to be pointless.


Great is Peter Thiel and Most Worthy of Praise

Friday, September 23, 2016

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel funded the lawsuit that sunk Gawker. Now, a fellowship is enticing journalists to investigate Thiel's businesses--definitely not as payback.

The Trouble With Reporting On Prisons

Friday, September 23, 2016

Prisoners across the country are demanding better living conditions and rights, but restrictive access and interview policies prevent us from hearing them.

Friday, September 23, 2016

How do you fight a terrorist who died five years ago? A look at Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki's posthumous existence inspiring jihadists on the internet.

Organizing a National Prison Strike From Behind Bars

Friday, September 23, 2016

Inmates across the country have stopped working in order to end what they call "prison slavery."

What Happened in Charlotte

Friday, September 23, 2016

Details in the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott continue to emerge. What we know for certain: it's about more than a book versus a gun.

The Manhunt Message

Friday, September 23, 2016

Last Monday, New York City authorities sent a push alert to millions of New Yorkers warning them about a suspect. But with no photo and only 90 characters, what good could it do?