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:

The Slow Crisis in America's Immigration Courts

Friday, August 11, 2017

The immigration courts determine the fates of millions of people. So why aren't they more transparent?

Trump Is Making MS-13 Stronger

Friday, August 11, 2017

How the administration uses the gang's brutal brand to its advantage.

A Fragile Patchwork of Press Protections

Friday, August 11, 2017

Journalists working with whistleblowers have fewer legal protections than we might think.

Gawker and the New Era of Media Censorship

Friday, August 11, 2017

A new documentary examines how the ultra-wealthy silence journalism.

The Messaging War on Single-Payer Healthcare

Friday, July 28, 2017

Polls show growing support for single-payer healthcare, or "Medicare for All." But over the past century, the idea of the policy has been tied to a messaging war over socialism.

The Once-In-A-While Maverick

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Atlantic's James Fallows discusses McCain's long tenure in the media spotlight — a story of dualities, cozy jokes, and the occasional, genuine maverick choice. 

The Trump Administration's PR War on Obamacare

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services used to spend money promoting Obamacare. Now, it funds videos that undermine it.

Covering A Secret Bill

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Senate proceedings on healthcare this week were high on drama but short on policy details, leaving lawmakers and reporters in the dark. 

Citizen Charlie Gard

Friday, July 28, 2017

How a British baby born with a rare disease became a pawn in the right-wing battle against government healthcare in the US.

Armchair diagnosing do's and don'ts

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Psychoanalysts disagree with psychiatrists about upholding the Goldwater Rule which forbids psychiatrists from offering opinions on a person they have not personally evaluated.
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8 Months Later: Brooke and Bob On Covering Trump

Friday, July 21, 2017

The day after the election, Brooke and Bob butted heads over how to cover Trump. This week, they reflect on Bob's approach.

Through the Lens of the Pro-Trump Media

Friday, July 14, 2017

For the pro-Trump media, it's all "nothing burgers."

From the City of Ghosts

Friday, July 14, 2017

In ISIS-controlled Raqqa, Syrians are victim to frequent airstrikes, assassinations, and violence. A group of citizen journalists fights back.

"Solastalgia," and Other Words for Our Changing World

Friday, July 07, 2017

The distress caused by environmental change needs its own term, and so do other new phenomena in the Anthropocene.

When Science Fiction Isn't Fiction

Friday, July 07, 2017

Author Jeff VanderMeer has been called the "weird Thoreau" for his nature-inspired science fiction. But what's sci-fi when the future of the planet is unpredictable?

Happy Birthday, Canada?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Many Canadians don't care about their country's 150th anniversary. Why that may be a good thing.

"The American people elected a fighter"

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bob's take on this week's back and forth between the President and the press who cover him. 
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Newton Minow Still Cares About the Media

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This week, at the annual conference of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, Bob sat down with former FCC chairman Newton Minow to survey the "vast wasteland."
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How The Census Made "Hispanics"

Friday, June 23, 2017

How the US Census, Univision, and advocates teamed up to add "Hispanic" to the 1980 Census—and forged a new American identity.

It's All About The Gerrymandering

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on how district lines are drawn. Democrats are finding it hard to win special elections. Why it all comes back to gerrymandering.