Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 135, No. 6, February 7

A Bloody 'Army' on Trial: A Court Plans to Relive the '70S Revolution-And Bring Back Patty Hearst
Sara Jane Olson--Minnesota mother of three, church leader, celebrated local actress--was driving to a session to teach English to immigrants one morning last June when a swarm of police cars surrounded her minivan. The authorities had more than a speeding...
Al and Bill KO Themselves: If Truthfulness Is Presidential, Gore Isn't. If Toughness Is Presidential, Bradley Isn't
In the heat of Al Gore's aggressive campaigning, Bill Bradley has been as toasted as Welsh rarebit. And in one efficient exchange during the last New Hampshire debate, both Bradley and Gore demonstrated why neither should be president. Gore told falsehoods...
Captain America: Can McEnroe Put the Sizzle Back in the Davis Cup?
As a player, he was American tennis's premier patriot. While his peers ducked the Davis Cup to pursue more lucrative events, John McEnroe dutifully served for his country. His Davis Cup career includes both memorable heroics and expletive-laced tantrums....
Critical Moment
Our Opinionated Guide from to (1 star) to (5 stars) MUSIC D'Angelo, 'Voodoo' (Cheeba Sounds) Despite that nude video, he's not faking the funk; "Voodoo" conjures up Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye. The result: pure black magic. V.C. (5 stars)...
Economic Expansions Ain't Eternal: Despite What Many Think, All It Takes Is a Little Bad Luck, a Stock-Market Hiccup and Two Extra Letters to Change Boom to Ka-Boom
The law of economic perversity holds that about the time that almost everyone agrees that some economic trend will go on forever, it's about to change. Which brings us to the widely held idea that the U.S. economic expansion, which on Tuesday will...
Finding God: On the Trail, the Front Runners Are Confessing Their Religious Faiths. What They Believe-And Whether It Really Matters
In Washington, Eugene McCarthy once observed, only two kinds of religion are tolerated: vague beliefs strongly affirmed and strong beliefs vaguely expressed. His witticism bespoke the genial religiosity of presidents like Eisenhower (vague expression)...
Good Time Politics
Elvis did not want to leave the building, and who could blame him? The State of the Union Message is always President Clinton's theater of choice--his finest hour (OK, hour and a half, a new record). But last week Clinton had extra reasons to wish...
How to Ride the Wave: The Miracle Economy Could Have Years to Run. That's <I>could</I>, Not <I>will</I>. Dot-Coms Are Something Else
You have to remember that I'm not a pessimist. I don't smell flowers and look around for a coffin. Investors in the most tightly wound tech stocks and dot-coms are seeing their lives pass before their eyes, as prices plunge. But the trends behind this...
Is This Too Raw for Kids? What Parents Should Know about Wrestlemania
Just a few years ago, the center of 11-year-old Anthony Arroyave's sporting universe was baseball's Ken Griffey Jr. No longer. Now it's Triple H, Jeff Hardy and Scotty Too Hotty. Home runs are boring--he's "hooked" on the drama. When he's not watching...
It's Time We Rejected the Racial Litmus Test: I Hoped My Sons Wouldn't Have to Prove Their Black Identity. despite Integration, the Struggle Continues
I recognize the sassy swivel of the head, the rhythmic teeth sucking and finger snapping. My son Spenser has come home from kindergarten talking like he's black. Never mind that he is black; somehow his skin color is no longer adequate to express his...
Jefferson's Other Family: Recognition for Descendants of Slave Sally Hemings
For nearly 200 years, historians had refused to credit the calumny that Thomas Jefferson had had a child with one of his slaves--and for just as long, the tale had circulated as gossip and family lore, secrets whispered into the ears of brides or by...
Let Them Be Lame Ducks: What Should Clinton and Congress Do with the Budget Surpluses? Almost Nothing at All
The 20th century gave us activist government, which should (we came to believe) constantly lead us into projects of national self-improvement. The sense of urgency is now in full flower. President Clinton last week delivered a predictably rousing State...
On the Beach: Dark and Violent, 'The Beach' Is Leonardo DiCaprio's Much-Anticipated New Movie. It's Given the Pouting Party Boy Titanic PR Problems - and May Leave 'Leomaniacs' High and Dry
For someone who hates reporters, Leonardo DiCaprio has certainly made their lives easy. There's always another bar fight, a public make-out session or a night out prowling with his gang, the tastefully named "pussy posse." The gossip machine followed...
Our Man Goes to the Mat
Cliff Compton, as he is known professionally, stands 6 feet 1[fraction one-half] inches, weighs 215 pounds and owns his own gym--on the whole, not the sort of guy I'd choose to tussle with. But on a cold morning in January, the two of us square off...
Terror Twins: In a Remote Corner of Asia, Two Kid Mystics Command a Christian Guerrilla Army. the Strange Saga of Luther and Johnny Htoo
Boxed in and mercilessly outgunned, the remnants of "God's Army" battled to the end for their impossible cause. The Christian fundamentalist guerrillas' mystical leaders--cheroot-chomping preteen twin brothers Johnny and Luther Htoo--had vanished....
The Battle in the Mosh Pit: The Fractious Players in the New War for the GOP Soul
It started as a shining city on a hill and ended up as a mosh pit. Under Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party was a cohesive coalition fighting communism and liberalism. But the most appropriate image this primary season was the photo of Alan Keyes...
The Boom Generation: The Roaring Economy Has Created Bold Job Hoppers and Daring Investors with No Memories of Hard Times
George Papson will never forget his "Black Friday." That was the day in March 1982 when the 49-year-old machinist was laid off, a casualty of the deepest recession America had experienced since the 1930s. Papson stood in Rockford, Ill., unemployment...
The Envelope, Please: The Oscar Race Is on. Let's Meet Some Contenders. David Ansen and Jeff Giles Talk to the Year's Hottest Directors about the Pleasure and Pain of a Life in Pictures
They came and they bonded. They also quarreled, hugged and exchanged phone numbers. NEWSWEEK invited the makers of the year's most talked-about films to discuss art, money, studios and statuettes. There were a pair of thoughtful Brits (Anthony Minghella,...
The Plot Thickens: Arrests and Investigations Yield Clues to the Broad Reach of Bin Laden's Network
When Yussef Karroum drove his Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon across the border at Blaine, Wash., last Thursday at 9 a.m., he told Customs officials that he was entering the United States "to get gasoline, milk and cheese." Suspicious of the reply,...
Why America's Hooked on Wrestling: It May Look like a Cartoon Spectacle, but the WWF Is Serious Business. and Business Is Good. How Vince McMahon, the Man Behind the Muscle, Created a National Obsession
On Dec. 13 of last year, the World Wrestling Federation was broadcasting live from Tampa, Fla., and trouble, as they say, was afoot. Baseball legend Wade Boggs was in the house; the nation's No. 1 author, a man in a leather mask named Mankind, was...