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:

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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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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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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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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Even Blurrier Lines

Friday, September 05, 2014

Native advertising, or ads that resemble editorial content, is now embraced by the vast majority of online publications. Bob talks with David J. Franklyn about the ethical implications.

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NPR's Newest CEO

Friday, September 05, 2014

Since 2009, NPR has seen five CEOs. The latest to take up the mantle is Jarl Mohn, a veteran of commercial and public radio. Bob talked with Mohn about his plans for NPR.

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Not Reporting Journalist Kidnappings

Friday, September 05, 2014

Although the murders of journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley has been a major story for weeks, there are many journalist kidnappings that go unreported.

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The Internet Slowdown Could Happen

Friday, September 05, 2014

Which is why online advocacy groups are urging websites and people to post images of the dreaded loading symbol today to support net neutrality. 

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The Celebrity Nude Photo Hack

Friday, September 05, 2014

Nude pictures of famous celebrities blanketed the internet this week. How did it happen? How can we keep our data safe?

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HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bob speaks with Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald, and the creators of "Veep" and "House of Cards" about why Hollywood is shining a spotlight on DC.

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Watchdogs in Tuxedos

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bob ends his DC journey on the red carpet of the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, where journalists rub elbows with the very people they cover.

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Palm Monday

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bob visits the iconic Palm Restaurant, where DC A-listers go to see and be seen, to meet his guide to all things Washington, Mark Leibovich,

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FRUSTRATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bob goes to the White House to find out how the role of the press corps is changing under this media savvy administration.

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The Powers That Used To Be

Friday, August 29, 2014

In DC, the new media landscape is shifting the power to influence from traditional media outlets to some unlikely players.

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Blurred Lines

Friday, August 29, 2014

In Washington, the lines are increasingly blurring between politicians, lobbyists and the media. Bob meets with the man known as the "doorman to the revolving door."

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Cameras in the Interrogation Room

Friday, August 15, 2014

A new Justice Department policy requires the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations.  Jennifer Mnookin says the power of video can interfere with objectivity.

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No, Ebola is NOT Coming to the U.S.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Contrary to what the media suggests, Ebola is not coming to the U.S. Bob talks with Dr. Daniel Bausch about what the media keeps missing. 

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Tweeting Shark Week

Friday, August 15, 2014

Marine Biologist David Shiffman was enthralled by "Shark Week" almost from its start in 1988. Bob talks with Shiffman about how, lately, he's become a "Shark Week" critic on Twitter. 

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Dare to Stream

Friday, August 01, 2014

Bob goes to Hollywood to track down the future of television and locates it....in his laptop. A special report on streaming video, first aired in March of 2014.

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The Future History of the Newspaper Industry

Friday, August 01, 2014

For as long as the newspaper industry has existed, people have been prognosticating about what it would look like in the future. Last year Bob spoke with Matt Novak, the author of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog, about these predictions - some of which have been much more accurate than others.

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