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.

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Bob Garfield appears in the following:

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.

How Not to Feed the Beast

Friday, January 13, 2017

Trump lies; the media cover it; Trump lies again...you get the picture. How to cover the president-elect without falling into a trap.

"I'm John Cantlie"

Friday, January 06, 2017

What a prisoner of ISIS can teach us about the challenges confronting intrepid chroniclers of war.

Held Hostage

Friday, January 06, 2017

The world's tangled policy on captives means some live to tell the tale, and others don't. 

A Wish List for Obama

Friday, December 23, 2016

With less than four weeks left of the Obama administration, we ask experts what the President should do about Guantanamo, surveillance, dark money, and other important problems. 

The Art of the Follow-Up

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Recently CNN's Jake Tapper asked VPEOTUS Mike Pence the same question over and over again, hoping for an answer. Bob spoke to Tapper back in June about the art of the follow-up.
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Understanding #Pizzagate

Friday, December 09, 2016

A bizarre conspiracy theory has been making its way from reddit and YouTube to the mainstream media.

Rolling Stone, UVA, and the Corrections Dilemma

Friday, December 09, 2016

The jury in the Rolling Stone/UVA case found fault with the magazine for posting a disclaimer instead of taking the story down. RS says such disclaimers are the industry's standard.

Billionaires, Libel, & the Future of Journalism

Friday, December 09, 2016

Donald Trump has threatened to "open up" our libel laws. But billionaires have already been using existing libel laws to suppress speech that they find unfavorable.

Democracy Debrief: The Media

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Fake News and a Trump presidency provide new challenges for journalism.

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What Do We Do?

Friday, December 02, 2016

News outlets weigh in on how to cover President Trump. 

The Radical Historian Rewriting Ukraine's Past

Friday, November 25, 2016

With the help of new "de-communization" laws, the head of Ukraine's Institute of National Memory is doing everything he can to erase certain chapters in Ukraine's past.

No, This Isn't Just Like 1968 (Or Any Other Year)

Friday, November 25, 2016

This year, many have looked to history to explain current political events. Historian Rick Perlstein says that they're getting it all wrong.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON LISTENING

Friday, November 25, 2016

The origins of the ubiquitous, insufferable, all-purpose "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan. 

An Anatomy of the Alt-Right

Friday, November 18, 2016

With racist ideologies gaining a foothold in the White House, a deep look at the political and media influence of the so-called "alt-right."

The Election's Fake News Problem

Friday, November 18, 2016

An analysis this week found that fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than real news stories before the election. So what's the lesson, and what can Facebook do?

What This White Separatist Expects From the Trump Administration

Friday, November 18, 2016

Jared Taylor has said that Donald Trump has given "white interests" a "voice." So what does he want?

When Real Police Shootings Look Nothing Like The Movies

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A step away from election coverage to talk about another issue that has dominated the media in 2016-- police shootings-- and how TV and film cops inform our understanding of real ones.
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