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 Can We Convey To You...?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Amid a flood of facts and spin, how the press can ensure the healthy spread of vital information.

Who's Protecting America's Essential Workers?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Journalist Judd Legum investigates sick leave policies and worker protections.

Why Preppers Weren't Really Prepared For The Pandemic

Friday, March 20, 2020

A sociologist pushes back on their "I told you so" moment.

In Government Response to Katrina, A Betrayal

Friday, March 20, 2020

What The Atlantic's new podcast "Floodlines" teaches us about how government fails before, during, and after disasters.

In Prepper Fiction, The Preppers Always Win

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pick your companions carefully. Make lists of your supplies. Never trust strangers.

Bracing for Impact

Friday, March 20, 2020

Prepping for the worst, hoping against hope for the best. Welcome to our new reality.

Masks As Symbols

Friday, March 13, 2020

Masks aren't currently recommended by the CDC. But that hasn't stopped people from wearing them.

Italy Under Lockdown

Friday, March 13, 2020

Italy is taking drastic social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Is the Italian press ready?

How Democrats Win In 2020

Friday, March 06, 2020

The political scientist who predicted Democrats would win big in 2018 says they'll beat Trump in 2020.

Infections Diseases Show Societies Who They Really Are

Friday, March 06, 2020

From the bubonic plague to Ebola to COVID-19: learning about ourselves through the epidemics we've faced.

MSNBC Is Being Very, Very Calm About Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

CJR's Jon Allsop on the latest friction between MSNBC and the Sanders campaign. 

Mike Bloomberg's Dank Meme Stash

Friday, February 21, 2020

What Bloomberg's bucks buy online. 

The Vanishing National Archives

Friday, February 21, 2020

How the Trump administration is disappearing and altering historical documents — and why it matters.

Bloomberg on Bloomberg

Friday, February 21, 2020

Michael Bloomberg's candidacy has become a hot topic for publications of all stripes, with one notable exception: Bloomberg News.

Super PACalooza and the Legacy of Citizens United

Friday, February 21, 2020

Just about every Democratic candidate wants to overturn Citizens United. But the numbers tell a different story.

Picture-Perfect Democracy

Friday, February 07, 2020

The history of the American primary; the first town to vote; and New Hampshire reporters do some self-reflection.

A Primer on Primaries

Friday, February 07, 2020

A look at the history and evolution of the American primary system.

How Rush Limbaugh Paved The Way For Trump

Thursday, February 06, 2020

And transformed the GOP.

The Virality of Virality

Friday, January 31, 2020

How panic online is spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.

Boring By Design

Friday, January 24, 2020

On the anti-climax of the Senate impeachment trial.