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.

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Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Grabbing the Gavel

Friday, October 24, 2014

A new study finds that TV ads attacking state supreme court justices during elections influence both who makes the bench and how the law is laid down. 

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Condemning #GamerGate

Friday, October 24, 2014

Christopher Grant, Editor in Chief of Polygon, explains #GamerGate and his approach to speaking out against the video game industry's latest misogyny problems. 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Infectious Disease Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014

Panic over the Ebola virus in the U.S. has dominated cable news. So, we put together a template to help the discerning news consumer see through the media's over-the-top coverage.

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Remembering Legendary Editor Ben Bradlee

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bob remembers the legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who died this Tuesday at age 93. 

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A Modest Election Finance Reform Proposal (That Might Actually Work)

Friday, October 24, 2014

"Dark money," political donations that cannot be traced to any person or organization, is buying an avalanche of ads in states with big mid-term elections this year. 

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Not In The Supreme Court's Backyard

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bob speaks with New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak, about the Supreme Court's commitment to keeping protesters off its plaza. 

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"You Can Win with the Media"

Friday, October 17, 2014

A course being offered in St Louis aims to ease tensions between law enforcement and the press.

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Law of the Jungle

Friday, October 03, 2014

On the seemingly heroic lawyer Steven Donziger's case against oil giant Chevron. The story was not as simple as it seemed.

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Me and Dog

Friday, October 03, 2014

Two-time Pulitzer-prize winning Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten, an atheist, is fed up with the relentless drumming of religion into the heads of our impressionable youth.

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Gary Webb and the CIA

Friday, October 03, 2014

In 1996, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published a series of articles that connected the CIA, the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, and the exploding crack trade in Los Angeles. 

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Bad Reporting About Chris Christie

Friday, September 26, 2014

Last week, according to the media, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was exonerated on all, and then some, and finally none of the charges involving the Bridgegate scandal.

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The USS Pueblo Propaganda War

Friday, September 26, 2014

In 1968, an American spy ship was captured by North Korea, and its 82 crew members became propaganda pawns on television and radio worldwide. 

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The NSA Has An Advice Columnist

Friday, September 26, 2014

When employees of the NSA's Signals Intelligence Division need advice about workplace frustrations they can write 'Zelda.'

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Animating Anti-Extremism

Friday, September 26, 2014

With the gruesome ISIS propaganda war in full force, a home-grown cartoon character named Abdullah-X is the face of a grassroots approach to anti-extremism. 

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Listeners React to Airing of ISIS Videos

Friday, September 26, 2014

We asked you, our listeners, how you feel news outlets should cover videos released by ISIS.

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Why CNN Decided Not to Air the John Cantlie Video

Friday, September 26, 2014

Last week, OTM aired three short excerpts from the first video of British ISIS hostage John Cantlie acting as a coerced news anchor in a grotesque ISIS news broadcast. 

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The State House Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two-thirds of audited daily papers do not assign a single reporter to cover the State House. 

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The Cautionary Tale of Bell, California

Friday, September 12, 2014

Over a 17-year period, the city manager and other municipal officials bilked tax payers out of millions of dollars. Here's how the scheme went unnoticed for almost two decades.

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Rod Blagojevich Meets His Match

Friday, September 12, 2014

How one reporter was in the right place at the right time to uncover the story of a lifetime.

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Brooke and Bob on the Decline of Beat Reporting

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bob remembers the best story he got while working the crime beat for a small newspaper in Pennsylvania.

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