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:

Not All Fires Are Equal

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wildfires are getting worse, and the way the media are covering them isn't helping.

Defending The Indefensible

Friday, August 10, 2018

People like neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have long tested the limits of permissible speech. We hear from their lawyer.

The Battle Over 3-D Guns

Friday, August 03, 2018

Cody Wilson envisions a world in which everyone is free to manufacture their own guns. Can he be stopped?

How Trayvon Shapes Us Still

Friday, August 03, 2018

A new documentary series examines what Trayvon Martin's life and death revealed.

Journalism To The Rescue

Thursday, August 02, 2018

How 10 news organizations are working together to uncover the stories of children separated from their parents at the border.

"Socialism" in the Air

Friday, July 27, 2018

How socialism got into the op-ed pages — and why it's proving hard to challenge.

What Comes Next For the Daily News

Friday, July 27, 2018

Bob observes a somber wake — in a downtown pub — for the New York Daily News. 

You're a tronc All the Way 'Til Your Last Dying Day

Friday, July 27, 2018

Why did tronc fire half the Daily News staff? They might just be "morons," says Felix Salmon. 

The Other Side of Everything

Friday, July 13, 2018

A new Serbian documentary explores what it means to mend a torn society.

Navigating the Trump-Russia Connection

Friday, July 13, 2018

President Trump probably isn't a Russian "asset" — because that's not how these things work.

Why a Reporter Turned in Her Source

Friday, July 13, 2018

A reporter became a witness in an investigation she was already covering: the Mueller probe. 

The Truth and Lies Behind the Iraq War

Friday, July 13, 2018

After 9/11, the White House fed lies to the press to justify a war with Iraq. Why the few reporters who knew the truth went ignored.     

Big Sky, Dark Money

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A new documentary looks at Montana's fight against dark money in politics.

What Discrimination?

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Roberts Court turns a blind eye in Trump v. Hawaii. 

A History of American Resentment

Friday, June 22, 2018

Revisiting the culture wars with WNYC's Brian Lehrer. 

Mass Deportation: An American Tradition

Friday, June 22, 2018

A look back at a forgotten chapter of anti-immigration American history.

The View From Central America

Friday, June 22, 2018

The tape of sobbing, detained children released by ProPublica this week didn't only reverberate in the U.S. 

Trudeau's Honeymoon Was Already Over

Friday, June 15, 2018

Before Trump made a target of the Canadian Prime Minister, Trudeau was losing support in his own native land.

Is Anti-Zionist Speech Anti-Semitic?

Friday, June 15, 2018

It's an uncomfortable debate within the Jewish community. And a new piece of legislation says "yes."

Rethinking the Presidential Pardon

Friday, June 08, 2018

Might there be a silver lining to President Trump's pardoning spree?