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. 130, No. 16, October 20

A Capital Cyber Clash: A Beltway Libel Suit Could Make Internet History
A Beltway libel suit could make Internet history FOR SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL, NEWLY minted assistant to the president, it was not a good first day on the job. He arrived at his West Wing office one Monday last August to find the corridors abuzz about...
A Life-or-Death Choice?
IF WE COULD CHANGE WHAT HAPPENED to Becky Tebbetts, an 18-year-old college student, late one night in 1991, where would we start? With a tap on the brakes as she drove south on New Hampshire's Route 113, a winding mountain road 20 miles from her parents'...
Anybody Want to Buy Some Stock?
How WorldCom uses its printing press to buy the world BY NOW, ALMOST EVERYONE WHO isn't living in a hole has heard of Bernie Ebbers, the hitherto-unknown chairman of little-known WorldCom. WorldCom, of course, fired a fiancial shot heard round the...
Deepak's Instant Karma
IF A BEARER OF TRUE ENLIGHTENMENT arrived among us, what would he leave on your voice mail? Perhaps something like this: 'Listen, this is Deepak. I just had a funny feeling that there was a karmie connection somewhere when I saw you ... I send you...
Do Kids Need Prozac?
Don't assume your children are immune to depression. ANDREW CRITYENDON WAS ONLY 7 when an inexplicable bleakness descended on him. "I lost interest in everything," he recalls. "I just sat in my room and thought about how horrible life was." Andrew's...
Fast, Cheap and out of Control
Errol Morris makes brainy, utterly original films. Just don't call them documentaries. ERROL MORRIS LIKES TO DESCRIBE his newest movie, Fast, Cheap and of Control, as "the ultimate low-concept movie-a film that utterly resists me possibility...
Fumbles in High Places
The tale of the White House tapes isn't over. As Reno struggles to crack the ever-growing Clinton money scandal, a behindthe-scenes look at an investigation in chaos. FOR A WOMAN USUALLY GIVEN TO lawyerly dispassion, the words were raw. "I was...
'Go Get the Scumbags:' a Very Odd Couple Tries to Clean Up New Orleans
A very odd couple tries to clean up New Orleans TACIURN, SAVVY AND TIGHTLY CONTROLLED, Richard Pennington is the very model of a hig-city police chief. Jack Maple is his antithesis--a brash and bearded New Yorker who talks like Jimmy Breslin, dresses...
Government by Zombie: Have You Considered the Chilling Possibility That They Are Telling the Truth
Have you considered the chilling possibility that they are telling the truth? JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T FIND THE CURRENT SNAPSHOT OF Washington and its engulfing preoccupations depressing enough, I offer a handful of further possibilities as to what...
Hillary's Turning Point: At 50, She's Center Stage and Taking on a New Role. (Includes Short interview)0(Brief Article)
At 50, she's center stage and taking on a new role IT WAS ALMOST A PARODY OF do-goodism. There was Hillary Rodham Clinton with mud-caked boots high in the Panamanian hills touting a trifecta program--a female-run, microenterprise that reforests...
How Close to the Brink: I Believe That the Apocalyptic View of the Cuban Missile Crisis Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
I believe that the apocalyptic view of the Cuban missile crisis has been greatly exaggerated THIRTY-FIVE YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE PRESIDENT Kennedy and a dozen of his key advisers deliberated for several suspenseful days how to deal with a brazen...
How to Make the Airbag Decision
IT'S THE MECHANICAL equivalent of yanking a loose tooth. Turn some screws, unhook some wires and voila -your airbag is disconnected. "It's fairly simple," says Warren Bartholomew, a Phoenix software salesman who recently bought instructions to disconnect...
Money Wise
In creating wealth, high earnings are seldom as important as investing well, As National Director of Ernst & Young's Personal Financial Counseling practice, I have seen many people with very high incomes who never become wealthy, while others with...
Return of the Sheik
Hamas launches a Palestinian power struggle THEY TRUDGE THROUGH THE SANDY streets of Gaza City's Sabra district, past the shuttered doors of an Islamic community center and unpainted cinder-block hovels daubed with graffiti welcoming THE SHEIK OF...
Science of War, War of Science
A peace group and a neurologist win Nobels THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG YEAR IN the memoirs of Jody Williams, the 47-year-old Vermonter who is coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In December, 90 countries will gather in Ottawa...
Shaking the Rafters: Two Powerhouse Sopranos Bring Back Brunnhilde
Two powerhouse sopranos bring back Brunnhilde DEBORAH VOIGT SPENT HER SUMMER vacation listening to Jimmy Buffett and tossing back the occasional margarita. Jane Eaglen didn't get a summer vacation, but traveled everywhere with her Meat Loaf tapes....
She's an Errand Girl for Rhythm
DIANA KRALL IS SITTING at the piano in the Village Vanguard in New York City. She's swinging through a rendition of"Peel Me a Grape," an old Blossom Dearie song. "Best way to cheer me, cashmere me... New Thunderbird me, you heard me," she coos, in...
Snap, Crackle, Pop: The L.A. Times Gets a New Start - Minus Its Editor
The L.A. Times gets a new start--minus its editor AS THEY LISTENED TO THEIR NEW publisher in a wood-paneled conference room last month, some of the reporters and editors of the Los Angeles Times found themselves thinking, "You can't help but like...
So I'm like, 'Who Needs This Grammar Stuff?' (Social Attitude toward Grammatical Errors Varies Greatly as the Language Becomes Less Formal)(2000 the Millennium Notebook)(Column)
THIS IS A SENTENCE THAT some people would not put up with. Those who take their grammar seriously frown upon sentences that end in prepositions, much as they spring to correct anybody who'd dare to casually split an infinitive. If you're the sort of...
Spinning out of Control: Some Brits Think Dodi's Rich Father Protests Too Much
Some Brits think Dodi's rich father protests too much JUST BEFORE LUNCHTIME on most week days, a sleek, 64-year-old man climbs into a helicopter at his 500-acre estate in suburban Surrey for a seven-minute flight to London. From the heliport, a...
The Diana File: With Painstaking Precision, Police Have Amassed a Detailed Account of the Night the Princess Died
With painstaking precision, police have amassed a detailed account of the night the princess died. A remaining question: who drove the mystery car.'? THE SIX-INCH-THICK DOSSIER COMPILED by the Prefecture of Police in Paris is labeled simply "Accident...
The Family That Spies Together ... Old-Line Communists Are Arrested for Spying
Old-line communists are arrested for spying BACK IN THE 1960s AND '7OS CAMPUS-- ESs clanged with chants like "Ho Ho [Ho Chi Minh! NLF is going to win? and "Si Si Sihanouk! Rotcee building's gonna cook!" Many students denounced their government,...
The Lounge Izzard: This Is One Comic Who Looks More Outrageous Than He Sounds
This is one comic who looks more outrageous than he sounds WHAT AMERICAN MALE COMEDIAN wears nail polish, eyeliner, a black neck ribbon, a shiny red Jean-Paul Gaultier jacket, has dyslexia, was born in Yemen and has wowed audiences from Amsterdam...
Too Much Hot Air
The world's leaders will meet in December to decide what, if anything, will be done to address the climate changes brought on by the much lamented greenhouse effect. Expect lots of noise pollution. WAS THAT A CLOUD OF HOT AIR ABOVE the White House?...
Why We Love Gurus
They seduce us by telling us what we want to hear: we' re wonderful and we'll live forever. What's wrong with that? Plenty. ONCE CHANNELER KEVIN RYERSON IS DESCRIBING THE hierarchy of spiritual guides. I have signed up for a lecture and workshop...