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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.


Displaying charts are to Ryan the Wonk as clearing brush was to Bush the Cowboy.
Since Romney claims to like so many things—grits, firing people, lakes, Big Bird—you have to wonder what he’s really...
 Why was this act of political "satire" so believable?
He’s already gotten what he really needs out of this election.  
Recent actions and attack lines coming from Republicans show that they’re really getting desperate.
Eastwood’s weird, ambiguous performance was actually perfect for this most fake of conventions.  
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder practically says of Obama’s welfare initiative, What’s not to like?