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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.


Anatomy of a near-believable performance.
Hilary Mantel helps me understand the mania over Kate and William’s baby boy.
Just give free-market ideology a few seconds of your time and you, too, can join the 1 percent!
Maybe CNN has figured out that, as a programming chief, Jon Stewart is a flop.
Obama did, and the result was…awkward. 
But they heart the Gov, even as his most very special election suppresses the vote. 
On the eve of our first Neo-Pleistocene summer, carbon barons David and Charles Koch seem to be everywhere.
The Daily Show’s Jason Jones zeroes in on why the IRS targeting of conservatives is “the only unfair thing ever.”