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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.

Shows:

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Inside the Coup Raid of a Turkish Daily

Friday, July 22, 2016

While putschists led his coworkers out of the Hürriyet newspaper building at gunpoint, one Turkish journalist hid and captured the raid on Facebook Live. 

Make America ____ Again

Friday, July 22, 2016

To hear the RNC speakers tell it, America is on the brink of ruin and only Trump can save us. We put the warnings in perspective.

The Law of War Manual, Revised at Last

Friday, July 22, 2016

One year after its initial release, the Pentagon's Law of War manual is finally revised, with new language aimed at protecting journalists.

You Have To Laugh Not To Cry

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Brazil's crisis has been very good for Sensacionalista, a site that's based on The Onion and now one of the most popular "news" sites in the country. 
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A State of Calamity

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bob takes a trip to Brazil, the "country of the future" -- but the future is looking turbulent. 

Empires and Underdogs: Brazil's Media Story

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bob takes on the thorny tangle of Brazil's media world. 

The Favela Angle

Friday, July 15, 2016

When it comes to media coverage -- foreign and domestic -- Rio de Janeiro’s favelas tend to get a raw deal.

Politifact-Checking the Politicians

Friday, July 08, 2016

If fact-checking is meant to chasten politicians who lie, why isn't it more chaste out there? A talk with Politifact about educating the public and the definition of a "half-truth."

A Recent History of Political Lies

Friday, July 08, 2016

The art of the political lie has reached a new zenith this election season. So just how did we get here?

Our Lies, Our Selves

Friday, July 08, 2016

Our relationship with lying in our own lives has a lot to do with how we judge the lies of politicians. 

A New Chapter in Obama's Fickle FOIA Record

Friday, July 01, 2016

Just days away from FOIA's 50th anniversary, President Obama signed into law a bill that could make the federal government the most transparent it has ever been.

The "Triple-Decker Hoax" of the Second Amendment

Friday, June 17, 2016

For the majority of American history, the Second Amendment did not protect an individual's right to bear arms. 

Voting on the British Psyche

Friday, June 17, 2016

Brexit, Britain's impending vote on whether to leave the European Union, is ostensibly about economics. But what's it really about?

The Challenge of Fighting Terrorism Online

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After Orlando, Hillary Clinton renewed calls for a government partnership with Silicon Valley to help fight terrorism and radicalization online. That's not as easy as it sounds.
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Can We Still Stop A Demagogue?

Friday, June 10, 2016

America was designed to keep dangerous demagogues from rising to the highest office. This year, that system may be put to the test.

Trump vs the Facts

Friday, June 10, 2016

For months, reporters have struggled to effectively cover Donald Trump. Will a return to journalistic principles yield a change?

How to Interview Donald Trump

Friday, June 10, 2016

CNN's Jake Tapper has distinguished himself by asking tough, pointed questions of Donald Trump. But if he doesn't get straight answers, are those questions enough?

Stranger than Fiction

Friday, June 10, 2016

Author Aleksandar Hemon refused to sign an open letter condemning Trump. He explains why this moment is bigger than one man and what the role of literature should be.

Jumping the Gun

Friday, June 10, 2016

A critical look at the AP's decision to name Hillary Clinton as the presumptive democratic nominee before Tuesday's primaries.

The AP on Reporting Clinton's Delegate Count

Friday, June 10, 2016

How did Hillary Clinton "clinch" the nomination on a day when no one voted? The Associated Press explains how and why they broke the story when they did.