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:

Live From the Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The time has finally come for President Trump's promised "Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards." Bob and Brooke hit the (fictional) red carpet to check it out.

Michael Wolff Doesn't Have To Go Back

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fire and Fury offers new details about chaos in the Trump White House. Author Michael Wolff explains how he got the access and what sets the book apart from daily reports. 

What the Press and "The Post" Missed

Friday, January 12, 2018

Les Gelb, project leader for the Pentagon Papers, on what Steven Spielberg's new film may leave out of the real story. 

The Fake News Crisis That Wasn't

Friday, January 12, 2018

A new study looks at the role of "fake news" in the weeks prior to the 2016 election, and the results are not as dire as previously assumed.

Bob Garfield's One-Man Show

Monday, January 08, 2018

Bob Garfield, co-host of “On the Media,” discusses his new one-man show “Ruggedly Jewish.”

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The Man Behind Black Mirror

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

As Black Mirror launches its fourth season--and the real world seems to increasingly resemble the show--we revisit a 2015 conversation with the show's creator.
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Rebecca Solnit on Hope, Lies, and Making Change

Friday, December 29, 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.

The Story on Detroit

Friday, December 22, 2017

Skirting the boundaries of propaganda, but with the best intentions. 

The Media's Trump Problem

Friday, December 22, 2017

Glenn Greenwald on how a recent misstep by CNN speaks to a disturbing trend in the media's Trump-Russia coverage.

Is it Right to Dox a Nazi?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Just deserts or a startling brand of online vigilantism?

Puerto Rico "Se Levanta," Maybe

Friday, December 15, 2017

As the government grossly underestimates Hurricane Maria's damage, journalists in Puerto Rico work overtime to track the real recovery process.

Anatomy of a Trolling

Friday, December 08, 2017

Early this week, MSNBC contributor Sam Seder was fired following a smear campaign by a right wing troll. We talk to Seder about why that was and confront the man responsible. 

In Praise of Radically Transparent Journalism

Friday, December 01, 2017

Is radical transparency the antidote to poisonous misinformation?

About that Nazi Next Door

Monday, November 27, 2017

The New York Times' profile of a Nazi last weekend set Twitter on fire (and not in a good way). Bob speaks with Buzzfeed's Charlie Warzel about what the story got wrong.  
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Paradise Found

Friday, November 10, 2017

Remember the Panama Papers? This week, an even bigger trove of documents reveals even more rich people avoiding even more taxes.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Hidden

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Paradise and Panama Papers have exposed only a sliver of the vast wealth that lives in the shadows. And there's an entire industry devoted to keeping it that way.

When a Billionaire Buys Your Publication

Friday, November 10, 2017

One week after voting to unionize, hyperlocal news outlets Gothamist and DNAinfo were suddenly shut down by their owner. A look at journalism's "billionaire problem."

Swedish Cowboys & Syrian Refugees

Friday, November 10, 2017

The story of a Syrian who found refuge in a Wild West theme park, and what his journey can teach us about the fantastical story underlying America's rugged self-image.

Who Won the Disney Boycott?

Friday, November 10, 2017

When Disney blacklisted the LA Times, media outlets boycotted Disney in solidarity. Their strategy worked...sort of.

12 Months Later: Brooke and Bob on Covering Trump

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

On the anniversary of the 2016 election, we revisit the fraught next day editorial meeting we recorded and the epiphany that Bob told Brooke about this summer.  
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