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. 129, No. 9, March 3

A Defector in the Drug War: Mexico's Drug Czar Is Arrested for Selling out the Cause
Mexico's drug czar is arrested for selling out the Cause GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY WAS ALL smiles as he received his Mexican counterpart--drug czar Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo--in Washington in late January. The U.S. drug czar had met the 42-year army...
A Fast Drive to Riches
IT IS SURELY ONE OF THE 20tH century's most extraordinary twists: in an era when capitalism became the most unifying force in the world, the most influential capitalist of them all turned out not to be named Rockefeller or Ford, nor Morita, nor even...
A Gentler Approach to Heart Surgery: After Decades of Running Bone Saws through Rib Cages, Surgeons Are Finding Less Invasive Ways to Do Their Work
After decades of running bone saws through rib cages, surgeons are finding less invasive ways to do their work HORACE STONE IS A MINOR CELEBRITY around Roswell, Ga. No one was surprised last fall when the retired AT&T manager had to go in for...
A Little Respect, Please: Unlike His Hollywood Peers, Johnny Depp Has Become a Top Actor by Taking Chances
JOHNNY DEPP IS ON HIS BEST BEHAVIOR. When he shows up at his publicist's L.A. home on a cool Sunday evening, he looks like a kid who's dressed up to meet his girlfriend's parents. He's wearing a dark blue sport coat, a grayish polo shirt, tan pin-striped...
An Emigrant's Hopes for China
Once I thought Deng, the Reformer, could rescue his people. After Tiananmen I realized the people would rescue themselves. EARTHQUAKES PRESAGE THE DEATH OF AN emperor, or so the Chinese believe. Deng Xiaoping possessed no such rifle, and for the...
An Unlikely Tough Guy: Tony Lake May Be Tweedy, but He Relishes Hardball
DURING BILL CLINTON'S first term, U.S. intelligence sources discovered that terrorists planned to kill national-security adviser Anthony Lake. Indeed, NEWSWEEK has learned that it wasn't enough to post guards around Lake's home. Instead, for weeks,...
A Very Tempting Target: Alexis Herman Rose in Ron Brown's Freewheeling World - and That Has the GOP Asking Questions
ON BROWN NEEDED help. It was July 1988, and the Democrats were about to convene in Atlanta, where Jesse Jackson was threatening to spoil Michael Dukakis's moment. While Brown, a lawyer-lobbyist, undertook the delicate task of weaving Jackson's agenda...
Collision Course: Al Gore and Fred Thompson Get Ready to Do Battle over the 'Asia Connection.' (Alleged Campaign Funding Improprieties by Democrats)
IN 1970 NASHVILLE WAS STILL A SMALL town, but Fred Thompson and Al Gore never crossed paths. Thompson was a country lawyer from Lawrenceburg, stawing a stint as an assistant U.S. attorney. Gore was a senator's son, just back from Vietnam, a eub reporter...
Deng Xiaoping, August 22, 1904 - February 19, 1997: Deng's Revolution
Deng's Revolution FIVE DAYS AFTER THE TIANANMEN MASSACRE, DENG XIAOPING reappeared in public. As any autocrat in his situation would have, he condemned the student demonstrators and praised the troops who had crushed them. But it was another part...
Donnie Brasco
YOU'RE TELLING yourself: I need another wiseguy movie like I need to pay more taxes. Al Pacino as a two-bit marinso? Is the pope Catholic? Johnny Depp as some goombah named Donnie Brasco? Fuggedaboudit... There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical...
Farewell to My Hong Kong
DENG XIAOPING'S DEATH has, not surprisingly, unleashed a new round of speculation about the futures of China and Hong Kong. I am not in a position to speculate about the future of China. Indeed, I am never sure that anyone who does can really claim...
From Little Rock to Malibu - and Back: Why the Prideful Ken Starr Changed His Mind
Why the prideful Ken Starr changed his mind EVEN BY WASHINGTON STANDARDS, IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT-FACE. ON Friday, just four days after Ken Starr abruptly announced he would quit in August for a job as dean of Pepperdine law school in Malibu,...
From the Glass House to the White House: Bill Clinton May Have Found a Soul Brother in His New Friend the Rev. Robert Schuller
Bill Clinton may have found a soul brother in his new friend the Rev. Robert Schuller THEY BOTH ROSE FROM HUMBLE, small-town boyhoods to achieve extraordinary success. Both are tall and telegenic, quick to smile, quicker yet to tear. Both command...
HAL et Al: How Smart Is Artificial Intelligence?
HOMICIDAL MANIACS don't usually have posthumous birthday parties. But next month, tech types and movie buffs win head to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to celebrate the inception of HAL, the mutinous computer from Stanley Kubrick's...
Miss Congeniality
FT. LEE, N.J., IS DEEP HOWARD Stern country. Which is a disaster for the goateed MTV producer shooting a special promoting Stern's movie debut, "Private Parts." The concept is to com front unsuspecting Ft. Lee residents who've never heard of radio's...
Our Different Paths
The former leader of the Soviet Union still thinks he did reform the right way. WHEN I FIRST visited China, on May 14, 1989 Tiananmen Square had been occupied by student demonstrators for i0 days. My Chinese hosts were extremely concerned and embarrassed;...
Out of the Shadows: Jiang Zemin Made It to the Top as a Follower. Now He Must Lead China beyond Its Revolutionary Myths
Jiang Zemin made it to the top as a follower. Now he must lead China beyond its revolutionary myths. JIANG ZEMIN IS easy to take lightly. When the owlish engineer from Shanghai found himself promoted to No. 2 behind Deng Xiaoping in 1989, Beijing...
Soap Operas, Frozen Food and Convertibles: Report from the Front Lines of Consumer Revolution
Report from the front lines of a consumer revolution CAR AND DREAMER Models in black leather mini-skirts drape themselves across red Ferraris. Nearby, a sleek Mercedes convertible spins on a rotating stage. It's the annual Beijing auto show,...
Stealth Marketing: Cigarette Makers Are Already Dodging New Restrictions on Advertising
SO YOU ARE A 14-YEAR-OLD WEB surfer dying to get the latest buzz on a new band called Seven Sins. After a quick search you find yourself at a funky, steel gray Web site filled with reviews of European rock concerts. Sure, it's mostly in German, but...
The Freedom to Bowl
THE FREEDOM TO SING A SONG ISN'T ENSHRINED IN ANY BILL OF RIGHTS. In a country without freedom of religion or freedom of speech, it may even sound trivial. But not to Lin Jiqiu, 34, a member of the Jiantang singing troupe in Xiamen. Her troupe performs...
The Nature of Things: I Believe That Living in Harmony with Objects Depends on Their Moods and Reactions to Me
I believe that living in harmony with objects depends on their moods and reactions to me JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE I HAVE WORKED WITH AS A psychologist, my things have personalities and likes and dislikes. As I've lived with them I've learned what to...
The Nus of the Weak: Leo Rosten Says Enough Already
Leo Rosten says enough already BY THE MILLIONS THEY CAME TO America, huddled masses of Jews from Russia, Poland, Germany and Hungary, with not much more than recipes and language: a language rich with nuance, glistening with irony, bristling with...
The Pain's All Yours: A CEO's Plan to Spare His Workers Roils a Merger
IT'S THE MEMO EVERY WORKER FEARS: "Dear Employee: Today we're announcing plans to merge." From the clerk in Accounting to the VP on Mahogany Row, thoughts turn to the person in the same job at the other company. Will they need us both? Is she more...
The Philosopher and the Pragmatist
Their personalities could not have been more different. But it took both Mao's statecraft and Deng's realism to transform modern China. ONLY THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED MAO ZEDONG'S China can appreciate the transfomations wrought by Deng Xiaoping. The...
'This Time I Did It'; a Notorious Convict Is Charged in a Grisly Murder
A notorious convict is charged in a grisly murder AS HE WALKED UP TO Lawrence Singleton's tidy house in Tampa, Fla., last week, Paul Hitson heard moaning. Through a window, he says, he saw Singleton, 69, naked and bloody with his arm raised menacingly...
When an A Is Average: Duke Takes on Grade Inflation
Duke takes on grade inflation AS THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE PROUDLY reports, the student body at Duke has never been better. The university now competes with the Ivies for the nation's elite high-school seniors. These kids are so bright that they can...