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:

Posturing On Immigration

Friday, February 24, 2017

Donald Trump's new immigration policies are, according to an immigration lawyer, more about PR than public safety. 

Why the FEC Doesn't Work

Friday, February 24, 2017

A resigning commissioner shares why she's given up on the Federal Election Commission.

The Supreme Court Considers Accountability at the Border

Friday, February 24, 2017

US border agents have long operated without accountability or transparency. This week, the Supreme Court heard a case that may expand the Constitution's reach in this grey area.

Looking Beyond "Sanctuary Cities"

Friday, February 24, 2017

Despite the promises of "sanctuary cities," many undocumented immigrants remain vulnerable to the deportation machine.

Fox in the White House

Friday, February 24, 2017

Long a megaphone for conservative talking points, under the Trump administration Fox News has become more of a walkie-talkie. Bob investigates.

Lessons from Serbia for the Trump Era

Friday, February 17, 2017

Serbian demagogue Slobodan Milošević promised a "Greater Serbia" and said it was time to start winning again. Sound familiar?

Meanwhile, In Congress...

Friday, February 17, 2017

With the media spotlight elsewhere, Congress has been very busy, swiftly and quietly rolling back a range of Obama-era rules. 

Diving into the Deep State

Friday, February 17, 2017

Who is really in control of national security policy?

Is This Treason?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Even if all of the allegations against the Trump administration in the news this week are true, they're still not "treason." Here's why.

Trump & Chávez: Strongman Personas, Weak Comparison

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rather than looking to foreign leaders like Hugo Chávez, perhaps we should use our own political culture to explain the rise of Trump.

How To Counter Milo's Trolling Playbook

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ryan Holiday literally wrote the book on how to generate attention by stoking controversy, and he recognizes those tactics in Milo Yiannopoulos's tour. So what to do about Milo?

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Protest Edition

Friday, February 10, 2017

How to be a savvy consumer of protest news. 

Protest Rights Under Threat

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lawmakers across the country are proposing legislation that cracks down on protesters. What next for free speech?

The Failed Promise of the Internet

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Internet was meant to democratize information. A look at why it has fallen short. 

Objectivity: What Is It Good For?

Friday, February 03, 2017

News outlets have historically barred their journalists from protesting or publicly voicing political views. A look at whether that needs to change.

The Story Behind the Mexico City Policy

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump's executive order cutting US aid to international NGOs that offer abortion counseling is a symbol of the decades-long war over reproductive rights.   

Bob Goes to the White House

Friday, January 27, 2017

The media are learning that they can't take White House information at face value. What are the new rules?

Obama's Last-Minute Surveillance Changes

Friday, January 20, 2017

What new NSA rules mean for surveillance under President Trump. 

The Press Corps Makes Its Case

Friday, January 20, 2017

The president of the White House Correspondents' Association defends the importance of his institution. 

Rebecca Solnit on Hope, Lies, and Making Change

Friday, January 13, 2017

The writer is impatient with despair, not only because it paralyzes action, but because the lessons of history teach us that change happens in unexpected and often non-linear ways.