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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.


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. 
But with any luck we will see whether their policies have character. 
It's time for the media to meet the parents—Bill de Blasio's, that is.
NYC's elite don't necessarily take to well to de Blasio, many of them are Bloomberg's friends.