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 Philanthropy Lets Rich People Off the Hook

Friday, April 19, 2019

What's the problem with taking rich people's money?

What the Gun Lobby Says Behind Closed Doors

Friday, April 19, 2019

The gun lobby's media policy is simple: don't talk to the media. So one investigator conned his way inside.

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

Friday, April 19, 2019

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

Inside the Chickenshit Club

Friday, April 19, 2019

Why doesn't our system of justice work for white collar crime?

Who Profits When You File Your Taxes?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The bipartisan effort to help the tax preparation industry, and why it matters to you. 

How The Matrix Fed Our Conspiracy-Laden World

Friday, April 12, 2019

Red-pilling found a home on the internet.

Cosmic Icons Through the Ages

Friday, April 12, 2019

How iconic astronomical images have shaped our view of the cosmos.

Logan Paul and YouTube's Conspiracy Theory Problem

Friday, April 12, 2019

Can YouTube save itself from its most notorious creators?

How Steve Bannon Operates

Friday, April 12, 2019

"The Brink" paints a deeply unsettling portrait of the former Chief Strategist to Trump.

Assange Under Arrest

Friday, April 12, 2019

Is Julian Assange's arrest an attack on press freedom?

Spy vs. Spy

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A pattern of assassinations baffled Ukrainian authorities. Then an assassin came forward.

Policing the Police

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

As a California law lifts the barriers to accessing police records, journalists team up to comb through the mountains of documentation.

The Opioid Narratives

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

By settling an Oklahoma lawsuit for $270 million, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma also avoided a televised trial that would've brought more scrutiny to its role in the opioid crisis. 

Understanding the White Power Movement

Friday, March 22, 2019

Historian Kathleen Belew says a key to understanding the Christchurch attack is to understand the movement that it comes from.

Is the Press Finally Learning How to Cover White Supremacy?

Friday, March 22, 2019

In the wake of Christchurch, hateful memes and ideologies still spread quickly across the web.

The Secret Chats of the Alt-Right

Friday, March 22, 2019

A data scrape reveals what members of the alt-right are saying when nobody is looking. 

Archiving Terrorist Propaganda

Friday, March 22, 2019

Should a website collecting the hateful videos and statements of jihadi terror groups be open to the public?

The Bias Against Change and Medicare for All

Friday, March 15, 2019

On the messaging for and against an healthcare overhaul.

Millionaires Funded by Billionaires

Friday, March 15, 2019

The economist who excoriated billionaires at Davos and his case for Universal Basic Income.

'Meritocracy' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Friday, March 15, 2019

The college admissions bribery scandal has been said to undermine 'the myth of meritocracy' — but meritocracy was coined as satire, not truth.