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:

On Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A special edition of On the Media examining the media's reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The Story Behind "The Dingo Ate My Baby"

Friday, November 21, 2014

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted of murdering her 9 week old infant daughter, and her cry for help became a global punch line. 

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The Mysterious Rehana

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with Emergent's Craig Silverman about 'Rehana' - a mysterious Kurdish volunteer fighter who became the propaganda object of both ISIS and its enemies. 

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Her Name is Rehtaeh Parsons

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rehtaeh Parsons's name became synonymous in Canada with online sexual cyber-bullying after her suicide following two years of torment. But now, saying her name is illegal.

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Cosby Coverage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates about a 2008 magazine piece he wrote about Bill Cosby. 

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A Conversation with George Takei

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob speaks to Star Trek icon turned multimedia phenomenon George Takei.

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Survivor Library

Friday, November 14, 2014

In 1959, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now.  

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Resuscitating Net Neutrality

Friday, November 14, 2014

As Obama's first post-midterms policy proposal, net neutrality has once again been shocked with a defibrillator. Bob speaks with NYT reporter Edward Wyatt about the latest developments. 

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The Suicide Letter

Friday, November 14, 2014

The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. 

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Public Radio Host Matt Miller Loses An Election

Friday, November 07, 2014

Bob talks with public radio host Matt Miller about his unsuccessful (but enlightening) run for the House seat in California's 33rd District. 

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An App to Stop Suicide

Friday, November 07, 2014

An app that alerts you to potentially suicidal tweets from the people you follow on Twitter raises ethical and even legal questions. 

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Rocky Mountain Heist

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bob talks with an unlikely star in Rocky Mountain Heist, Citizens United's latest "documentary."

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Elections After Citizens United

Friday, October 31, 2014

A look at the influence of money on elections following the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling which unlocked unlimited political spending from outside interest groups.

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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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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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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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"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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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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