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:

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.     

The Other Side of Everything

Friday, July 13, 2018

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

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. 

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. 

Mass Deportation: An American Tradition

Friday, June 22, 2018

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

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."

Inside the Chickenshit Club

Friday, June 08, 2018

Believe it or not, we used to prosecute white collar criminals in this country. What changed?

Rethinking the Presidential Pardon

Friday, June 08, 2018

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

Fact Checking #WhereAreTheChildren

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How two separate immigration stories mistakenly became one.

Truth Is Not Relative

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Trump team works to avoid a "perjury trap."

The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

Friday, May 25, 2018

A new book by Slate's Mike Pesca looks at the great hypotheticals in sports history.

Google Enlists

Friday, May 25, 2018

Why Google's deal with the Pentagon has its employees so distressed.

Surveillance Valley

Friday, May 25, 2018

While some have been shocked to see Google and Amazon tangling with the military, journalist Yasha Levine says it has always been thus.

Glenn Beck Reverses His Reversal

Thursday, May 24, 2018

In November 2016, Bob spoke to Blaze bloviator Glenn Beck to hear about his opposition to Donald Trump. This weekend, Beck proudly donned on MAGA hat. Bob explains.  

The Recording of America

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

On what would have been Studs Terkel's 106th birthday, we revisit a conversation bob had about the legendary documentarian with his erstwhile collaborator and editor Andre Schiffrin.