William Saletan

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For the folksinger, music educator and dance leader (a distant cousin) see Tony Saletan

William Saletan is the national correspondent at Slate.com.

Background and education[edit]

William Saletan, a Jewish native of Texas, graduated from Swarthmore College in 1987.

Career at Slate[edit]

Saletan gained recognition in the fall of 2004 with nearly daily columns covering the ups and downs of the 2004 presidential race.[citation needed] He currently writes Slate.com's "Human Nature" column. Previously, he wrote "Frame Game", which analyzed the way current events are spun by politicians and the media and "Ballot Box", a column devoted to politics and policy.


A self described "liberal Republican", Saletan came out strongly against the re-election of George W. Bush. He described his disenchantment with today's Republican Party in a series of dispatches from the 2004 Republican Convention.[1]


While Saletan initially argued in favor of George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, later, as part of a Slate.com series[2] marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, Saletan described the lessons he had come to learn, stating, "I wish I'd absorbed these lessons before the war. The best I can do now is remember them before the next one."[3]

Intelligence studies[edit]

In a series initially posted on November 18, 2007 on Slate.com, Saletan assessed the relationship between Race and intelligence, specifically the question of whether race is a genetically determining factor in intelligence. He ultimately did not discount the hypothesis that it is, concluding: "When I look at all the data, studies, and arguments, I see a prima facie case for partial genetic influence."[4] Counterarguments were subsequently published by Richard Nisbett[5] in The New York Times, Stephen Metcalf[6] in Slate and Malcolm Gladwell[7] in The New Yorker. Saletan's fourth entry in his series on race, IQ and equality, entitled "Regrets", acknowledged overlooking ties between one of his primary sources, J. Philippe Rushton, and advocates of white supremacy, saying, "I was negligent in failing to research and report this."[8]

The Roman Catholic Church[edit]

Saletan has written several articles about bioethics and sexual ethics, criticizing what he sees as homophobia within the Roman Catholic Church.[9]

Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu[edit]

Saletan has written many pieces for Slate on Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Don’t Believe Bibi: The Israeli prime minister says he didn’t mean what he said. Even he knows he can’t be trusted[10]
  • The Price Israel Must Pay: We no longer have a Netanyahu problem. We have an Israel problem. [11]
  • Netanyahu’s Hate Speech: Israel’s prime minister is trying to stay in power by turning a million Arab Israelis into the enemy.[12]
  • We’ll Always Have Paris: How can we help Jews stay in Europe? [13]
  • Israel’s Sore Loser: Benjamin Netanyahu has botched his re-election the same way he has botched everything else. [14]
  • Two-Faced Bibi: Benjamin Netanyahu only sounds like America’s ally when he is in America. At home, he’s a nationalist, xenophobic strongman. [15]
  • The Gross Hypocrisy of Benjamin Netanyahu: Don’t pretend Bibi didn’t mean to offend Obama. He is a bully and a liar. [16]
  • An Israeli Insult: Benjamin Netanyahu is risking U.S.-Israeli relations on partisan politics. It’s revolting and dangerous. [17]
  • Hate Thy Neighbor: How Israel teaches its citizens all the wrong lessons. [18]


In 2004, he wrote the book Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War.[19]


Saletan currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.


  1. ^ Slate Magazine[dead link]
  2. ^ Why Did We Get It Wrong?
  3. ^ How Did I Get Iraq Wrong?
  4. ^ Created Equal:Race, genes, and intelligence
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ Pope Benedict's antigay tendencies
  10. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_can_t_be_trusted_he_says_he_didn_t_mean_what_he_said.html
  11. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_isn_t_the_problem_the_united_states_has_enabled_israel.html
  12. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_is_trying_to_demonize_arab_israelis_israel_s_prime_minister.html
  13. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/how_can_we_help_jew_s_stay_in_europe_despite_anti_semitism_jeffrey_goldberg.html
  14. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_is_losing_his_reelection_the_israeli_prime_minister_has.html
  15. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_is_proud_of_defying_president_obama_in_israel_he_is_running.html
  16. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_is_a_hypocrite_he_intended_to_offend_president_obama.html
  17. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/benjamin_netanyahu_addressing_congress_his_willingness_to_play_politics.html
  18. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/11/israel_s_demolition_of_palestinian_homes_benjamin_netanyahu_s_government.html
  19. ^ Stanley I. Kutler. "Our Thirty Years' War: the fight over abortion". The Los Angeles Times. 

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