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.


Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Video Game Champs and Venture Capitalists

Friday, February 22, 2019

Venture capitalists and professional esports players converge at New York City's hottest club.

The Commercialization of Black History Month

Friday, February 15, 2019

Have the radical roots of this commemorative month given way to farce and corporate interests?

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Gender and Politics Edition

Friday, February 15, 2019

What to watch for — and ignore — in the press's coverage of women running for office. 

A Century of Free Speech

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Where do our modern notions of free speech come from? A new book goes back to 1919.

Remembering The Godfathers of Column Reporting

Friday, February 08, 2019

A new documentary about legendary reporters Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill.

A Former Zuckerberg Mentor Pushes Back

Friday, February 08, 2019

How Roger McNamee became one of Facebook's fiercest critics.

How a Green New Deal Re-Frames the Climate

Friday, February 08, 2019

The Green New Deal marks a new scale, and new urgency, for climate solutions.

Will Facebook's New "Supreme Court" Work?

Friday, February 08, 2019

Bob shares his concerns with a Facebook rep.

What's Happening to the Uighurs?

Friday, February 01, 2019

How China is pushing propaganda about its internment camps. 

The Shameful History of US Intervention in Latin America

Friday, February 01, 2019

Venezuela may be the latest in a long string of botched invasions and coups throughout the region. 

Sworn In With Bolívar's Face

Friday, February 01, 2019

Simón Bolívar is a hero and an icon. He's also a paradox. 

Double Duty for Venezuelan Journalists

Friday, February 01, 2019

One reporter in Caracas describes her experience covering the presidential standoff. 

What Is The MAGA Hat A Symbol Of?

Friday, January 25, 2019

The MAGA hat has been described as a symbol of hate as potent as the KKK hood. Really?

The Dangers of a Press Over-Correction

Friday, January 25, 2019

Did journalists fall for bad faith arguments from right-wing political operatives?

Outrage After the Lincoln Memorial

Friday, January 25, 2019

Where the recent episode between white teenager Nicholas Sandmann and Native American elder Nathan Phillips has left us.

A Canadian TV Show Tackles the Indigenous Divide

Friday, January 25, 2019

What's the role of cable TV in healing centuries of cultural, social and economic wounds?

A Bloody Image Calls To Mind A Double Standard

Friday, January 25, 2019

Pushback to The New York Times' decision to publish a graphic image after an attack in Nairobi.  

"Everyone Knows Who Won, But Not Everyone Knows How"

Friday, January 18, 2019

A TV movie about Brexit depicts a divisive strategist behind the Leave campaign. 

Why Brexit Shouldn't Have Been A Surprise

Friday, January 18, 2019

Brits and foreigners hoping for a second referendum see "leave" as an aberration. But is that an accurate interpretation?

The Newspaper Vultures Circle Again

Friday, January 18, 2019

A hedge fund zeroes in on the Gannett newspaper empire.