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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.


 Johnson’s “shovel-ready jobs” joke has been around the block a time or two.
Tea Party Congressman John Fleming doesn’t get why he should be taxed more on the $400,000 he has left after “feeding my family...
The MSM’s fear of looking like “brie-eating surrender monkeys” drives them to support neo-con wars and stage Tea Party...
 We keep asking the same question about the president as if for the first time, in a sort of liberal’s version of 50 First Dates...
Dismantling the right’s “class warfare” hysteria, Jon Stewart dares to speak the “p” word.
TPM keeps tabs on “Who’s Really Responsible for U.S. Debt Downgrade.”
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.