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Leslie Savan | The Nation

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.

Articles

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.

Blogs

Now that Democrats have finally found a killer catchphrase, will they be afraid to use it?
By letting the GOP set the terms of the debate (just like in Iraq!), Beltway media can overlook reality.
Corporate media help manufacture the Tea Party’s power every bit as much as the tea party manufactured our current debt “crisis...
It was a whole other person, but such details don’t fit the narrative.
NY Mag writer preemptively gives Ailes & Company a clean legal bill of health.  
An incident from the ’90s suggests that possibility. 
The suspension of the Morning Joe regular for slurring Obama only hints at political media’s hackery.
Just like in the movies, Glenn Beck has served his purpose as the sidekick who saves the hero and is then offed by bigger powers that be.