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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.


There are better ways to handle eruptions of forbidden speech than sacking the talent.
As Colbert showed at the House immigration hearing, when he’s in character, he’s really about Washington’s character.
Why the media—and probably more voters than we like to think—find her bewitching.
Beck and his people, goes the emerging consensus, are good, polite, and tolerant. And, oh yeah, they’re not political.
Let’s get this straight once and for all: Regardless of what Billy Graham’s son claims or what millions of Americans believe,...
Andrew Breitbart is being reverse-whipped on his reverse-plantation, crying out in anguish, ‘How long, O Lord?’
Nobody sees the future like Joe Biden—especially when he’s wrong.
Flies, rats, bees, demagogues, demons and dog whistles.