Leslie Savan blogs for The Nation about media and politics. A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for her Village Voice column about advertising, Savan is the author of Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and, Like…Whatever and The Sponsored Life: Ads, TV, and American Culture. She has been widely published, including in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York, Mother Jones, and Huffington Post. She has appeared frequently on TV and radio, and is very happy to be a talking head in Helvetica, a film about the font.
Iowa conservatives are begging the NJ governor to run for president, but they seem unaware of his falling poll numbers—and his Xanadu problem.
Even the non-Fox mainstream media is reporting more on Obama’s criticism of Ryan than on what Ryan’s plan would do to the poor and middle-class.
The deeper purpose behind the pandering is to encourage us all to relax into the stupid.