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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.


Nobody sees the future like Joe Biden—especially when he’s wrong.
Flies, rats, bees, demagogues, demons and dog whistles.
The response to the BP disaster is a rare instance in which populist outrage and simple logic are allied—and for some on the right...
How BP’s disarmingly charming ten-year-long ad campaign helped get us into this mess.
Fox News's Free-Market Theory of Journalistic Evidence has it that more viewers makes the channel more correct. Therefore...
Like the 1 million gallons of chemical dispersant that BP has now dumped in the Gulf, media can make any gush of oily lies less visible on...
With eyes for the Tea Party only, the corporate media gloss over Tuesday’s triumphs for the left.
On the eve of Tuesday's primaries, the metaphors for powerful women are getting downright ferocious.