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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

The same people who believe in death panels now believe in skinny panels.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s alliance with peeping con James O’Keefe is about more than just hating unions.
Like his fellow believer in bipartisanship, Barack Obama, Jon Stewart came away empty-handed from a high-stakes political summit.
Keith Olbermann's suspension from MSNBC was only the most recent in a series of corporate disciplinary actions against journalists...
As Republicans are about to take over the House, Stewart and Colbert set the stage for Tuesday's elections.
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.