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:

A Bill of Indictment

Friday, May 19, 2017

Many will remember the empire Roger Ailes built. But what about the values his empire attacked?

How the Far-Right Media Spin Trump Chaos

Friday, May 19, 2017

In the face of Trump administration chaos, far-Right media focus on "fake news," deep state conspiracies, and the unsolved murder of a DNC staffer.

A Special Election That Isn't About Trump

Friday, May 19, 2017

An argument against reading Montana's upcoming special election as a referendum on the Trump administration. 

Sinclair & the Growing Reach of Conservative Media

Friday, May 12, 2017

If Sinclair Broadcast Group buys Tribune, it will become the largest TV broadcasting company in the country. Will the company use its access to spread a right-wing message?

Keeping the Story Straight on Comey

Friday, May 12, 2017

When it comes to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, the administration can't seem to keep its story straight.

Jane Mayer on the Rise of Conservative Orthodoxy

Friday, May 05, 2017

Jane Mayer on the decades-old infrastructure created by conservative billionaires to help propagate conservative ideology and protect their interests.

Turmoil at the Heritage Foundation & the Future of the Right

Friday, May 05, 2017

How the ouster of Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint reflects greater tensions in the Republican Party.

Climate of Poor Rhetoric

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The New Republic's Brian Beutler on the real problem with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens' take on climate change. 
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When The Wall Is A Metaphor

Friday, April 28, 2017

A border wall was one of Trump's central campaign promises. But what does the intense focus on a barrier really achieve? We revisit a 2006 law to learn more.

The Problem With Federal Data on Hate Crimes

Friday, April 28, 2017

Most police departments claim that there are no hate crimes in their communities.

In Other Words

Friday, April 28, 2017

The symbolism of the border wall, a debate about the word "Jew," and our ongoing battle over reality. 

The Art of Winning a Pulitzer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Iowa’s Storm Lake Times has a circulation of 3,330 and a staff of about 10, but it just won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Bob speaks with editor Art Cullen.
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North Korea: How About Now?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Last month we assured you that the United States was not going to war with North Korea. With everything that happened this week, is that still the case?

Playing the "Madman"

Friday, April 21, 2017

"The Madman Theory" -- essentially appearing crazy -- was a foreign policy strategy for Nixon. Trump's approach is similar. And it may be working.

After Bill O'Reilly: What's Next for Fox News

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC’s On the Media, examines the future of Fox News without its biggest star.

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Closing the Blinds

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gone are the days of "draining of swamp." From privatized visitor logs to mysterious Mar-A-Lago visitors, the first 100 days have not exactly been... transparent. 
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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Drugs Edition

Friday, April 14, 2017

The media coverage of drug abuse is often fraught with hyperbole and inaccuracy. We dispel some of the most common myths.

A Case for Law Enforcement

Friday, April 14, 2017

A journalist argues that drug treatment won't work without proper policing.

How the Press Gets Seduced By War

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The media have responded to the Syria strike by sticking to the Washington line -- as per usual.
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Appalachia Beyond Coal

Friday, March 31, 2017

The coal industry is just a fraction of the Appalachian economy. So why do stereotypes about "coal country" persist?