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:

How to Wage a Civilized War

Friday, May 24, 2019

A professor of law and philosophy on how militaries across the globe navigate the horrors of war.

Is The Navy Spying on Reporters?

Friday, May 24, 2019

The prosecutors of Chief Edward Gallagher may have.

Who's Behind Trump's Push to Pardon War Criminals?

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Fox News personality rallying behind accused and convicted troops.

The Assange Indictment & The 50-Year War On Investigative Journalism

Friday, May 24, 2019

An expansion of the Espionage Act that spells disaster for journalism.

Solving the Facebook Problem at Home and Abroad

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How regulating Facebook could hurt users abroad.

United States of Conspiracy

Friday, May 17, 2019

From the fringes of the internet to the White House.

The One-Woman Lobby Machine Behind the "Heartbeat" Bills

Friday, May 17, 2019

"It was almost as though reality shifted around Janet Porter and she was there ready with this bill."

Who is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán?

Friday, May 17, 2019

This week, President Trump hosted the Hungarian Prime Minister at the White House. Here's why a meeting with Viktor Orbán matters.

Trump's Financial House of Cards

Friday, May 10, 2019

After a bombshell report from the New York Times, we go back to the origin myth of Trump's success.

The "Electability" Myth

Friday, May 10, 2019

Polls indicate that voters are internalizing the fuzzy logic of "electability." Why that's probably the wrong lesson.

Accountability for Free File

Friday, May 10, 2019

A lawsuit, an investigation, and a lot of coverage of the tax preparation industry.

Werner Herzog on Gorbachev

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Bob sits down with acclaimed director and documentarian Werner Herzog to discuss his latest film "Meeting Gorbachev."

The "Media Made Me Do It" Defense

Friday, May 03, 2019

Attorney General Barr has blamed the press several times recently. Is he just echoing the President?

A Grotesque Look At Antisemitism ... Through Comics

Friday, May 03, 2019

An artist's biting rendition of Meghan McCain and her attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Combating Antisemitism

Friday, May 03, 2019

After last week's attack at a synagogue in San Diego, a renewed conversation about how to fight antisemitism and white supremacy in all its forms.

A New Look at "The View"

Friday, May 03, 2019

How the daytime talk show became an essential campaign stop.

Is True Crime Jinxed?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

We revisit Bob's conversation with filmmaker Joe Berlinger, about the ethics of HBO's "The Jinx."

Considering the Politics — and Virtues — of Impeachment

Friday, April 26, 2019

In the wake of the Mueller Report, why are Democrats dragging their feet?

On the Origins of the Impeachment Process

Friday, April 26, 2019

Why did the framers of the constitution add a provision for impeachment — and when did they intend for it to be used?

Post-Mueller Report: Revisiting Our Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

Friday, April 19, 2019

How to follow the coverage, now that we know more.