Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

How To Write About Native Americans

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lakota elders protesting the Dakota Access pipeline on horseback make for powerful photos. But these images can also reinforce harmful stereotypes.

The Difficulties of Reporting on Standing Rock

Friday, September 16, 2016

One of the first journalists to cover Standing Rock on the difficulty of reporting on and maintaining the trust of Native protesters. 

What Is The Alt-Right ?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Until recently, white supremacist rhetoric was the province of people previously known as the lunatic fringe. So, what's changed?

Facebook Throws Out the Rule Book

Friday, September 16, 2016

Is Facebook a platform or a publisher...or something else entirely?

Understanding Pepe

Friday, September 16, 2016

White supremacist, neo-Nazi, or just a feel good guy who's fallen in with the wrong crowd? Examining the origins and true spirit of Pepe the Frog.

Counting the Deplorables

Friday, September 16, 2016

When Clinton said last week that half of Trump's supporters are a "basket of deplorables" the press excoriated her gaffe. Is that the best 'political analysis' we can get?

It's Always Been "Post-Truth" Politics

Friday, September 09, 2016

Donald Trump has told outlandish lies throughout his campaign, but his supporters don't seem to care. Thus, pundits have declared this an era of "post-truth" politics.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Islamophobia Edition

Friday, September 09, 2016

A guide to navigating the Islamophobic ignorance, fear and hate-mongering in today's media.

The Truth About (The Narrative About) Millennials

Friday, September 02, 2016

You know the tropes about millennials: they're destructive, self-absorbed, and killing our economy. But where does that narrative come from? And why do the media love it so much?

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition, Part 2

Friday, September 02, 2016

We warned before against taking general election polls too seriously, too early. So, what about now? Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight explains how much to read into polls -- and when.

Therapists Against Trumpism

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mental health experts are generally advised to stay out of political debate. But are there moments that call for a break with convention?

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Diagnose 'Em

Friday, August 26, 2016

As right-wing rumors about Clinton's health spread, the media continues to speculate about Trump's mental health. On the ethics of diagnosing candidates.

Bob's Grill #4: ExxonMobil's Richard Keil

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week on Bob's Grill: an interview with ExxonMobil spokesman Richard Keil about an investigation into what the company knew, and when, about climate change.
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The Business of Books By the Foot

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Frederick, Maryland warehouse of Wonder Book is where unwanted used books go to find a second life--as decorative objects sold by the foot to fill empty bookshelves.

Amazon's Mysterious New Bookstores

Friday, August 19, 2016

We consider whether physical bookshops hold the key to the retailer's digital strategy.

Bob's Grill #3: James O'Keefe

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This week on Bob’s Grill: an encounter with “sting operation” videographer James O’Keefe.
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The Punditocracy

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why are pundits like Bill Kristol still paid for their botch prognostications?

'Magic' Terre Haute

Friday, August 12, 2016

What if the will of the electorate could be divined without polling and pundit guesswork? There may be a way.

The Psychology of Predictions

Friday, August 12, 2016

If political prognostication is usually so wrong, why do we keep listening? And what makes a good forecaster, anyway?

Polling & Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship

Friday, August 12, 2016

What if the problem with polling isn't bad polls but polls in general? The New Yorker's Jill Lepore on the history of polling and why skepticism is, and has always been, necessary.