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William Saletan

William Saletan is the national correspondent at


Background and educationEdit

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


Career at SlateEdit

In the fall of 2004, Saletan wrote nearly daily columns covering the ups and downs of the 2004 presidential race.[citation needed] He currently writes'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.


In 2004, he wrote the book Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War.[1]


A self-described "liberal Republican", Saletan came out strongly against the re-election of George W. Bush. He described his disenchantment with the modern Republican Party in a series of dispatches from the 2004 Republican Convention.[2]

Saletan has written several articles about bioethics and sexual ethics, criticizing what he sees as homophobia within the Roman Catholic Church.[3]

Saletan supports legally recognizing same-sex marriages.[4]


While Saletan initially argued in favor of George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, later, as part of a series[5] 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."[6]

Intelligence studiesEdit

In a series initially posted on November 18, 2007 on, 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."[7] Counterarguments were subsequently published by Richard Nisbett[8] in The New York Times, Stephen Metcalf[9] in Slate and Malcolm Gladwell[10] 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."[11]


Saletan currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.


  1. ^ Stanley I. Kutler. "Our Thirty Years' War: the fight over abortion". The Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Saletan, William (August 31, 2004). "Giuliani Plays Offense - Blogging from the Republican Convention, Day 1.". Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ William Saletan (29 November 2005). "Pope Benedict's antigay tendencies.". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both - RealClearPolitics". Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Five years on, "liberal hawks" consider their support for the Iraq war.". Slate Magazine. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  6. ^ William Saletan (19 March 2008). "The lessons of Iraq.". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  7. ^ William Saletan (28 November 2007). "Regrets". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "All Brains Are the Same Color". The New York Times. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Stephen Metcalf (3 December 2007). "A response to "Liberal Creationism."". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "None of the Above". The New Yorker. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  11. ^ William Saletan (28 November 2007). "Regrets". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

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