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Leslie Savan

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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 Republicans' last-dtich effort to ward off the inevitable involves lots of Red Scare and Harry Belafonte. 
Lhota’s sincerity shone through in the final NYC mayoral debate, but he’s no match for de Blasio’s political savvy. 
Photo spreads of Lhota’s and de Blasio’s families hit  the news stands on the same day, in the New York Post and New York...
Could a debate over campaign finance breathe new life into Lhota's bid for NYC mayor?
As New York City Mayor would de Blasio embrace his progressive past, or try to please too many people?
Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota try to find the right tone for their debate.
Will the media start nodding along to Lhota's new, falsifiable script? 
With de Blasio coming out on top in last night’s debate, Republicans regroup for future attacks.