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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.


Not to mention the rest of right-wing talk radio. 
Andrew Breitbart came to represent the unsustainable tantrum that drives the extreme right. 
If women ever need permission slips from their employers for birth control, here’s what it could look like. 
Flabbergasted that Romney “doesn’t speak our language,” Chris Matthews has released a killer trailer for a silent movie:...
At the Republicans’ Arizona debate, held a couple hours from where Gabby Giffords was shot, no one raised the issue of gun control.
Romney comes off as weak, weird and willing to say anything to be elected. Now, he's starting to seem mean.
Meanwhile, Christie tries to slip out the side door on the issue of gay marriage.
The not-coordinating Colbert-Stewart team declares: a vote for Herman Cain is a vote for Colbert!