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 March 18

3G, Phone Home! WIRELESS: High-Speed Phone Service Is Coming. Will It Work? Will It Sell? Will You Be Able to Translate All the Acronyms?
Byline: Peter McGrath In the technology world, overpromising is almost an art form. So Verizon Wireless can expect to be under close scrutiny in the coming months as it builds its new high-speed mobile-phone service, starting with the Northeast...
A Hoops Star's Last Shot? an Ex-NBA Standout Stares Down the Barrel of a Criminal Charge
Byline: Suzanne Smalley He was a biracial kid from the Lower East Side who made it big--very big--in the pros. And when injuries ended Jayson Williams's career as an $86 million power forward with the NBA's New Jersey Nets, he built a new career...
A Rising Tide of Blood: Mideast: After the Worst Violence in Years, Sharon Finds Himself on the Defensive
Byline: Joshua Hammer Sitting in a cafe on Manger Square in the heart of the deserted city of Bethlehem, the slim, unshaven guerrilla sipped a Turkish coffee and nervously fingered his revolver. The commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in...
Armed with Only A Neutral Lipstick: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Is Wanded and Worried, Shoeless and Clueless, at the Airport
Byline: Anna Quindlen Good news, America: the airspace of this great nation is safe from middle-aged women in business suits armed with 27 old crumpled Visa receipts and three identical tubes of Bobbi Brown lipstick. In the space of only eight...
A Sleepless Night in the Cold: At the Front: A NEWSWEEK Reporter's Brush with Threats of Kidnapping, an Attack on a Colleague, Gunfire and a Mortar Round
Byline: Scott Johnson As we reached the gates of Gardez, bright gunfire crackled against the side of a mud-walled building near the checkpost. Guards in the lead car of our convoy threw their doors open and ran for cover, screaming, "Get away, get...
Building a 'Radar for Everyday Products': B2B: A New Technology Reinvents the Bar Code to Track Goods and Change the Basics of Retail
Byline: Scott Kirsner Hamlet-like, Kevin Ashton holds aloft a one-serve carton of Tropicana O.J. and laments the limitations of the lowly bar code. Ashton is a Procter & Gamble brand manager on loan to MIT, where he serves as director of the...
Down and Dirtier: Today's Hottest Videogame Is More 'Sopranos' Than Mario. Hit Men and Hookers Could Be the Future
Byline: N'Gai Croal Last year's best-selling videogame wasn't Pokemon, Madden Football, Metal Gear Solid 2 or even The Sims. It was Grand Theft Auto 3, where players try to move up through the ranks of the Mafia by delivering mysterious packages,...
Dude Where's My Benz? Luxury-Auto Makers Are Heading Downscale to Win over Younger Drivers. but They Risk Losing the Exclusivity That Appeals to Well-Heeled Buyers
Byline: Keith Naughton When Maureen Totaro decided to buy her daughter a Mercedes for her 16th birthday, she worried what the neighbors would think. "I was embarrassed she'd look like a spoiled rich kid," she confesses. So before she turned over...
HBO's Boldest Thoroughbred: Here's Chris Albrecht: Failed Comic, Horse Lover and Czar of TV's Formula-Busting Shows
Byline: Devin Gordon In 1973, the same year HBO was born, the man who has built a home for tough, critically adored dramas "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under" was bombing onstage at the Improv in New York. Back then, Chris Albrecht was performing...
Inner Peace, Good Eats! Yoga Vacations Are Going Upscale. Now You Can Sleep in Seaside Luxury and Eat like Alice Waters
Byline: Debra A. Klein Pinney Dror, a New York investment banker, felt so overworked last month that he decided to slow down and take a deep breath--several deep breaths, in fact. Dror skipped town for a 10-day stretch in Costa Rica. He spent roughly...
'Leave No Man Behind': The Ultimate Sacrifice: Bands of American Soldiers, Dropped into the High Mountains of Afghanistan, Fought Tenacious Enemies along Rugged Valleys and Ridgelines. Some of Them Died, but All Came Back from the Battle Zone
CORRECTION PUBLISHED 5/9/02: In a graphic in our March 18 story "'Leave No Man Behind'," we mistakenly placed a photo of Sgt. Philip Svitak, one of the eight U.S. servicemen we profiled, under the heading AIR FORCE. In fact, Svitak was in the Army....
Lights out, Profits In: The New Factory
Byline: Jane Applegate Humming while they work, a dozen mold makers labor through the night in a North Carolina factory. They do it every night and all weekend, never taking a coffee or bathroom break. But hold those calls to OSHA. There are no...
Locking Up Your Rights: Can It Be Illegal to Give People the Tools to Break into Their Own Property? the U.S. Government Thinks So
Byline: Steven Levy Alexander Katalov never asked to be a commuter between his native Russia and Silicon Valley. His software company was doing quite well, thank you, without a presence in California. But now he often finds himself in an apartment...
Lucky Timing Is Good (Big Time): Vice President Dick Cheney Bailed out of His Chief Executive's Job at Halliburton before an Acquisition Hit the Fan and Its Stock Plummeted
Byline: Allan Sloan Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart. Consider Vice President Dick Cheney. He's got to be one of the luckiest former corporate chieftains on the planet. No, I'm not talking about managing to pull out the election in Florida....
Luminous Novel from Dark Master: Ian McEwan's 'Atonement' Is Brilliant, a Best Seller in Britain-And like Nothing He's Ever Written Before
Byline: Jeff Giles Ian McEwan began his career in the mid-'70s in Britain with a series of short, sharp shocks. His dark, chilling stories and novels made "Lord of the Flies" look like a weekend retreat and were consoling only insofar as they were...
Mini-Me: BMW's Cheeky Strategy: Resurrecting and Reinventing the Mini
Byline: Keith Naughton Slide behind the wheel of the new Mini Cooper microcar, and you'll trip back to swinging London. This is, after all, the successor to the car that helped name the miniskirt. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both owned Minis...
Newsmakers: Cindy Crawford Infuriates PETA, President Bush's Model Niece, Sean Combs's Custody Suit and More
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan, Lorraine Ali, Malcolm Jones and Peter Plagens Was Cindy a Turncoat? Cindy Crawford likes to do favors for her friends. Last week the supermodel turned mom returned to the catwalk after three years for Roberto Cavalli's...
No Ordinary Crime: Popular Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Faces Plagiarism Charges. Are Hers Sins of Dishonesty or Just Carelessness? and Why Should We Care?
Byline: David Gates As a teaching assistant back during the Ford administration, I assigned a paper on "A Christmas Carol," and one hulking, inarticulate kid turned in a crudely handwritten but magisterially argued essay. It began: "There is a current...
Periscope: NEWSWEEK's Unconventional Look Behind and beyond the News
Byline: Devin Gordon, Allan Sloan, Anne Belli Gesalman, Michael Isikoff, Peter Plagens, Stefan Theil and Andrew Nagorski, Marc Peyser, Jennifer Tanaka How Arthur Andersen Begs for Business Talk about your fun jobs. Imagine being an Arthur Andersen...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotations sources from top to bottom: New York Times (2), AP/USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, AP (2), Reuters, Jacksonville Times-Union, Des Moines Register "Maybe we've just redefined inhumanity here." Tarrant County prosecutor...
Revenge of the Nerds: The Neptunes Step from the Studio into the Spotlight
Byline: Lorraine Ali They put the resounding thump in Britney's "I'm a Slave 4 U," the bounce in Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U" and the only interesting bits in 'N Sync's "Girlfriend." If there's been a new beat or rhythm stuck in your head lately,...
Ridge against the Machine: Over Here: He Came to Washington with a Target on His Back, Lacking the Power to Dent the Bureaucracy. but Tom Ridge and His Homeland Security Team Are Quietly Making Things Happen in a Hurry
Byline: Steven Brill If you give them the Kentucky Derby, then they'll want Pimlico and the Preakness, the whole Triple Crown," Tom Ridge says. "Where do we stop?" Ridge, 56, is running a Feb. 26 senior-staff meeting of his White House Office of...
Six Feet under Our Skin: Dig the Fishers, the Quirky Family at the Center of HBO's Mordant Hit Series. Now in Its Second Season, This Satirical, Sometimes Disturbing TV Show Manages to Turn Loss into Laughter and Lessons about Love
Byline: Marc Peyser People die every week on HBO'S "Six Feet Under," but even the corpses aren't as brain dead as the family of the next episode's stiff. Poor Harold Mossback had a heart attack in the back of a bus. Even worse, the bus was in Seattle...
Six Months on, the Fog of War: A Mounting Toll: Time Heals, but It Also Clouds. Why the Early Clarity Is Fading
Byline: Jonathan Alter On the surface, the meeting was peaceful and unified. Selected family members of the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, convened as an advisory committee, were respectful of each other and supportive of the...
Southern Strategy: Meet Garry South, the Man Behind California's GOP-Primary Upset-And a Player in the 2004 Campaign
Byline: Howard Fineman For Karl Rove, California is a forbidding place, full of hostile Democrats. Even so, the White House's political mastermind thought he'd found a way to establish a Republican beachhead in the Golden State: back Richard Riordan,...
South of the Borders: Two Guys, a Girl and a Steamy Mexican Road Trip
Byline: David Ansen The two 17-year-old best friends at the center of Alfonso Cuaron's wonderful "Y Tu Mama Tambien" are obsessed with sex and bursting with callow braggadocio, their machismo a cover-up for inexperience. It's summer, their girlfriends...
The Gene Bubble: NEW FRONTIER: Marrying Biology with Computers Would Revolutionize Drug Discovery, Yes? Did It?
Byline: Rana Foroohar You've heard of the Internet bubble and the telecoms bubble. But what about the gene bubble? It swelled in the late 1990s, fueled by excitement over the decoding of the human genome, announced with great fanfare in June 2000....
The Jaws of Victory
Byline: Joan Raymond Mark Anderson, a 40-year-old bank senior vice president in Los Angeles, feared that a merger would eliminate his job. So, last year, he started to troll his Rolodex. Over the course of two months he got some leads, but no job...
The Next Step Forward: The Biggest Hassle for Corporate Network Operators Is Hack Attacks. the Second Biggest: High-Speed Wireless
Byline: Erik Sherman Out of touch with the office? reach into your pocket. Internet-enabled cell phones and PDAs with wireless connectivity are opening a new world for the corporately employed. Instead of toting a laptop or finding the nearest cybercafe,...
The Real X Files: A Trove of Malcolm's Papers Was Discovered in a Storage Locker. Now Their Sale May Change History
Byline: Jerry Adler Because all the people here in Asia, Arabia and Africa love you madly, you must now be forever aware of your responsibility to these billions of dark-skinned people... You have shook up the whole world. --MALCOLM X, journal entry,...
Want to Drive a Bobsled? Salt Lake City Beckons Walter Mittys to Come Visit
Byline: Bret Begun All right, first the bad news: if you're heading to Salt Lake City to re-create Sarah Hughes's triple-triple combinations before 16,500 fans at the Delta Center, forget it. A 6-foot-9, 256-pound guy named Karl Malone has dibs...
What Do I Call My Husband's Ex? Friend. We Don't Have Much in Common, but Raising Her Kids Gives Us Plenty of Reasons to Be Kind to Each Other
Byline: Mary Putnam The movie "Stepmom" came out a few years ago, just as I was about to officially become one myself. I remember a scene in which the mother tells her children about her ex-husband's new girlfriend. She starts to get particularly...
Who's Giving Advice on 529s? Brokers Are Pushing the College Savings Plans, but They Might Not Tell You the Whole Story
Byline: Reported by Temma Ehrenfeld I suppose it had to happen. When congress made college savings plans free of federal tax starting this year, brokers and financial planners trumpeted the news. Now we've got an epidemic of misleading sales pitches....