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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 right wing must decide if candy corn is cursed by demons, or blessed enough to send to Gretchen Carlson. 
 What, if anything, do Cain’s new ad and an even weirder one from August reveal about the GOP’s most smokin’...
 An ad for the trading company Forex flatters the 1 percent that they’re worth it. 
“It’s an outrage,” says former Mayor Koch, that no CEO has been sent to jail for “bringing on the Great Recession....
Like the motivational speaker he is, Cain is helping a lot of Republicans feel just fine about their racial politics.
 Christie won’t run, but the MSM couldn’t stop pleasuring themself over the prospect.
 Beltway press insists that Gov. Christie's "no" means he's "leaving the door open just a little bit."
 The Tea Party may be disappearing along with Glenn Beck’s mug on the TV, but fear of it still rules the political class.