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Leslie Savan

Author Bios

Leslie Savan

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.


News and Features

Keeping Beck on might have complicated the Fox-GOP industrial complex’s ability to use government power on behalf of the moneyed interests.

Keith Olbermann's suspension from MSNBC was only the most recent in a series of corporate disciplinary actions against journalists that usually redound to the right’s favor.

The cool kid bullied the uncool kids in the Stewart/Sanchez affair, while CNN, like a cowed principal, ran from the crossfire.


Voter suppression could wipe out 758,000 votes in Pennsylvania alone.
Is Roberts “gutting the Commerce Clause”—or merely throwing red meat to the right?
 “Artists who turncoat and exploit other artists—I have no words.”
Can The Daily Show do for voter suppression what Colbert has done for Super-PACS?
The host of Hardball has been coaching the president on how to market both his presidency and Keynesian economics itself.
In his own mind, Trump has already made President Obama kneel before him. Why not whip the presumptive Republican nominee into shape, too?
Does the GOP really need the repudiated Obama–Reverend Wright ad to play the race card?