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:

When an Immigration Icon Has a Complicated Past

Friday, February 16, 2018

Is the press ignoring the details about a popular immigration activist?

A Ponzi Scheme of Lies

Friday, February 16, 2018

From Rob Porter to Michael Cohen: as the White House lies continue to mount, can the truth ever catch up?

For the Rohingya, Blurred Lines Between Trauma and Truth

Friday, February 16, 2018

A reporter covering violence against the Rohingya explores why some victims of horrific attacks are embellishing details in order to survive. 

How I.C.E. Propaganda Makes Its Way Into the News

Friday, February 16, 2018

From I.C.E. press releases to your local TV news station.

In Poland, a Troubling New Law

Friday, February 16, 2018

A new law in Poland criminalizes a broad range of speech concerning the Holocaust. 

An Apocalyptic Tick-Tock

Friday, February 02, 2018

The Doomsday Clock tracks humankind's shifting proximity to apocalypse. We're now two minutes to midnight. So... what does that mean?

'The Memo,' Selective Disclosure and the Fight for True Transparency

Friday, February 02, 2018

Transparency advocates have been asking Congress to use "Rule X" to disclose classified intelligence for decades. Now that they're finally doing it, is it just a partisan ploy?

Gitmo Is Back in Business

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In his SOTU this week, the president said Guantanamo will remain open for business. Last fall we spoke to the author and editor of Guantanamo Diary about life inside the prison.
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Memes: An Aesthetic & Political Overview

Friday, January 26, 2018

From whence, memes? For whom, memes? Gloom or doom, memes? With The New York Times's internet culture critic Amanda Hess.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Protest Edition

Friday, January 26, 2018

How to be a savvy consumer of protest news.

The Power of a Protest

Friday, January 26, 2018

How strong is the women's resistance movement? To find out, look beyond headcounts at protests.

Facebook Mutes the News

Friday, January 19, 2018

Will Facebook's modified News Feed stymie fake news and make its users happier — or will it cripple the real news industry?

A Journalist of Consequence

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Through his twenty-year career as a national security reporter for The New York Times, James Risen has gotten some of the biggest scoops in the industry. It almost cost him his career. 
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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.

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.

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.