Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

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?

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?

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."

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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Election 2016: America's Rorschach Test

Friday, November 11, 2016

This election has left many in the media shocked, confused, and wondering how they missed the story. But maybe we didn't see it because we didn't want to. 

The Trump Time Capsule is Ready to Open

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Atlantic's James Fallows has been recording all of Donald Trump's most unusual and unprecedented moments. He talks about how looking back helps us look forward.

That's Not What the GDP Means

Friday, November 11, 2016

Speaking of taking numbers and data too seriously in this election...

Now What?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Usually editorial meetings take place in Brooke's office with Bob dialed in on the conference phone. This week we did it in the studio and recorded it for you.
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What We Know About the Russia Hacks

Friday, November 04, 2016

The intelligence community, the media, and Hillary Clinton are all certain that Russia is trying to influence our election. But should we be more skeptical?

"Checking In" On Standing Rock

Friday, November 04, 2016

This week, 1.5 million Facebook users checked in to the Standing Rock Reservation in Cannonball, ND. So, what happens next? 

The Trump-Putin Connection That Wasn't

Friday, November 04, 2016

The alleged connection between Donald Trump and Putin's Russia has been a media staple for months, despite a lack of evidence. A look at the press's Russia-shaped blind spot.

Save Your Outrage

Friday, November 04, 2016

Outrage has ensued over former CNN contributor Donna Brazile's collaboration with the Clinton campaign. To which Bob responds: what did you expect?

Glenn Beck: A Changed Man?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Glenn Beck talks with Bob about his new apologetic, empathetic persona. 

Debunking the AIDS "Patient Zero" Myth

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The legend of the man blamed for igniting the AIDS epidemic in America has been definitively debunked. 
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Of Law and Literature (and Medicine)

Friday, October 28, 2016

How the character Lennie from Of Mice and Men became a touchstone for the Texas death penalty.

What Happens When AT&T Takes Over Time Warner?

Monday, October 24, 2016

The $83 billion merger could mean trouble for net neutrality.

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The Power of "Rigged"

Friday, October 21, 2016

From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, the notion of a "rigged system" has coursed through this election cycle. But does the word inspire hope or just suspicion?

The Unfortunately Unsurprising Revelations of the Podesta Emails

Friday, October 21, 2016

John Podesta's emails with journalists do not betray a Clinton-media-collusion, but they do highlight the often shifty ethics of political reporting.

How the Election Is Actually Rigged

Friday, October 21, 2016

Voter fraud is not be a legitimate concern, but that doesn't mean the election isn't rigged. How gerrymandering has hijacked American democracy.

The Myth of Voter Fraud

Friday, October 21, 2016

Claims of voter fraud are not only almost always false but often lead to disenfranchisement of real voters. A closer look at the most talked about, and least real, kind of rigging.