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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.


The Daily Show’s Jason Jones zeroes in on why the IRS targeting of conservatives is “the only unfair thing ever.”
Seven Days in May: Each scandal on its own might have fizzled; together, their fumes are intoxicating liberals, too. 
The kidnapped women in Cleveland, sexual assault in the military, the NRA’s “Ex-Girlfriend” bleeding target—do we...
Air traffic controllers are back on the job, but a host of other issues haven't been solved.
Why we're fixated on the ethnicity and religion of the Boston bomb suspects.
In a blast of blarney, Biden gives Scarborough an ego boost and a possible campaign ad.
Cable TV’s top hit is used to justify every political point of view—right or left, pro-NRA or pro-gun control, even pro-...
The sins of omission in interviewing neocons Richard Perle and Stephen Hadley.