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 December 4

2001: A Tech Odyssey
"Flying cars. Humanoid robots. Interplanetary travel. The year 2001 is just around the corner, and the myriad technologies that science-fiction writers have promised us have yet to materialize; if these prognosticators were baseball players, they'd...
A Hidden Health Hazard: Sneezing and Sniffling? Maybe the Problem Isn't a Cold but Mold. It's More Dangerous Than You Think
Deena Karabell had lived in her New York City apartment for 15 years, so when she fell ill in 1983, she never suspected that her apartment itself could be to blame. Over the next 15 years she grew progressively weaker. Finally, in the spring of 1998,...
A Role He Can Feast On: Rush Sinks His Teeth into the Marquis De Sade
Oooh, the marquis would have liked this!" Geoffrey Rush says with a gleam in his eye, as he bites delicately into a little foie gras ravioli in chestnut broth. "He was a bit of a gourmand. He ended up quite bloated, and I think he was short. Physically...
Baby's Booty: What Do You Get the Tot Who Has Everything? A Miniature Mercedes, Gucci Booties and a Mink
Forget the silver spoon. it takes a lot more than a highfalutin eating utensil to signal wealth among the spit-up set these days. Among the gifts bestowed on Willow Camille Reign Smith since she was born in October to Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband,...
Badu Back on the Throne: The Soulful Singer Hopes to Reclaim Her Queenly Spot
Erykah Badu has been accused of it all. Accused of being way too righteous, accused of getting too carried away with her religious philosophies (just get her going) and accused of being way too weird. But it wasn't always that way. When she first emerged...
Critical Moment
MOVIES Bounce Guilt-ridden Ben Affleck falls for widow Gwyneth Paltrow. Nice chemistry, but slim pickin's from the maker of "The Opposite of Sex." D.A. *** Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Despite the valiant efforts of Jim Carrey,...
Cyberscope
HOT PROPERTY Would You Like a PDA With Your Mobile Phone? While Motorola and Nokia focus on shrinking the mobile phone to Lilliputian dimensions, Kyocera has gone the other way. Its new QCP 6035 Smartphone is huge by comparison but offers a sly...
Far from the Madding Crowd: Close Contests Need a Dis-Proof Referee, and We've Finally Got One. Calling the Supremes
"Perforation below the chad. Bush vote," said Broward County Judge Robert Rosenberg, a Republican, and the two Democratic canvassing-board members readily agreed. Bob Dole and Christie Whitman nodded from across the table. No dimple here. A voter had...
Feeling the 50-Year Itch: Seniors Aren't Waiting around for Death to Do Them Part
Last year Kit Levedahl's husband divorced her--after 48 years of marriage, three children and two grandchildren. He was 74; she was 72. She had expected to travel the world with the "dashing" World War II fighter pilot she fell in love with a half-century...
Full Court Press: In the Dock: After a Disputed Recount, Bush Has a Tiny Lead, but the Election's Back in the Legal Arena. Inside the Battling Bunkers
With a thin smile and a flourish of her blue enamel fountain pen, Katherine Harris signed the bound, sealed documents before her and turned to the microphone. There was a hush in the ash-paneled cabinet room of the Florida capitol in Tallahassee as...
Heavy Metal: Music to Murder by? A Wrongful-Death Suit Has the Music Industry on the Defensive
In 1995, Elyse Pahler was lying on her parents' bed, watching TV, when the phone rang. The 15-year-old was invited to a nearby eucalyptus grove to hang out with friends. But once there, three acquaintances wrapped a belt around Pahler's neck and stabbed...
Here Come the Justices: The Supreme Court Is Well Balanced and Completely Unpredictable-An Ideal Formula for a Historic Ruling
Don't believe anyone who claims to know how the Supreme Court will rule in the election mess. Despite all the handicapping by so-called legal experts on TV, it's a good bet that few, if any, of the justices know yet which side they'll come down on...
How Safe Is Their Beef? the Mad-Cow Scare Spreads on the Continent
In Germany, a country famous for hygiene and good order, the boast was frequently heard: "German beef is safe." But agricultural officials confirmed last week that two dairy cows of German origin had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalitis...
It's the Year of the Dragon: With 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' Director Ang Lee Takes the Leap of His Career
The man in the white baseball cap is getting anxious. "Tickets?" he hollers over the throng of people. "Anybody selling tickets?" It's Saturday evening in October, and the first pitch of the Subway Series is just a few moments off. But the young man...
Little Elian in Reverse: Now It's a Florida Mother Who Has Taken Her Son to Cuba. the Making of Another Mess
A desperate mother quietly absconds with her 5-year-old boy, braving the Florida Straits in a small boat and leaving behind an unwitting father. Sound familiar? No, it's not the Elian Gonzalez story. It's the tale of little Jonathon Colombini. And...
Newsmakers
Tying Knots, Celebrity Style It was a week of star couples acting, well, like star couples. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones spent a reported $2 million on their wedding, which included lobster and lamb for 250 guests and $140,000 for a Christian...
'Nobody Expected This': Cheney's Recovering from the 'Smallest Possible' Heart Attack, but Risks Remain. the Medical View
When Dick Cheney left George Washington University Hospital only two days after his heart attack last week, at least one of the election's surprise headlines seemed to fade quickly. A few hours after his minor surgery, Cheney, 59, reassured the nation...
No More 'Afternoon Nasties': A New Rival of Ritalin Keeps Kids out of the Nurse's Office
For most of his life, 14-year-old Kyle Gilson has struggled with attention problems and hyperactivity. "All kids have energy, but it's different when they're going Mach 2 with their hair on fire," says his mother, Jeanua, of Gilbert, Ariz. After third...
Out into the Open: Long a Taboo Topic in China, AIDS Is Finally Being Discussed Publicly. the Faces of Victims and the Struggle against the Plague
Li Suijun, a factory worker in Henan province, didn't know what "HIV positive" meant when he heard his son's diagnosis in 1996. "I was sad and angry, sad and angry," he says. His neighbors taunted him. "Just kill the kid!" one of them muttered in passing...
Periscope
TERRORISM Is the U.S. Closing In on bin Laden? Investigators are close to tying Osama bin Laden to the Oct. 12 attack on the USS Cole. The links are strong enough that briefing books laying out military retaliation options have been given to President...
Perspectives
"Yogi Berra once said, 'It's not over till it's over.' Well, it's over." Agriculture Commissioner Robert Crawford, a member of Florida's canvassing board, during the certification ceremony "How can we teach our children that every vote counts if...
Root, Root Root for the Losers: New Ads Promote L.A.'S Other Basketball Team
The Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA's perennial doormat, may not be ready to compete against the stellar Los Angeles Lakers on the floor. But the Clippers, who play in the Staples Center, just like the NBA champs do, are aiming to take on Shaq, Kobe...
Should My Tribal Past Shape Delia's Future? I'm Torn between Teaching My Daughter to Be an Ibo Woman and Giving Her the Independence She Craves
Recently, my 18-year-old daughter, Delia, left for Princeton University to start her college career. Friends worried about the distance between Princeton and our home in California. I reminded them that I, too, had attended college far from my home...
Swords, Sense and Sensibility: Lee Delivers a Rich Mix of Melodrama and Martial Arts
At once elegant and sublimely silly, contemplative and gung-ho, balletic and bubble-gum, a rousing action film and an epic love story, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is one bursting-at-the-seams holiday gift, beautifully wrapped by the ever-surprising...
The End of the Janus Presidency: A Final Act for Bill (or Is It William Jefferson) Clinton: Will He Be Bookended by Bloodshed?
As electoral events unfolded in Florida he may have felt like the most overlooked man on earth. And yet his essence is always with us. Why did the either/or of this suspended-animation contest feel oddly familiar? Perhaps because it came at the tail...
The Mercury's Rising: A Warmer World Doesn't Sound So Bad. until You Learn That It May, Paradoxically, Bring an Ice Age
You might assume that "global warming" means what it says, involving nothing more complex than a rise in the world's temperature. But notice the penguins. Over the last several months, hundreds of Magellanic penguins have been washing ashore near Rio...
The New Air War: Travelers Beware. Unrest Is Erupting in the Skies, with Pilots and Machinists Seeking Raises and Disrupting Flights
Like millions of other travelers, Mark Mangelsdorf headed home for Thanksgiving last week. His 6 a.m. flight from Los Angeles to Chicago went smoothly, but a flashing message stood between him and a short-hop flight to his parents' house in South Bend,...
The Right to Choose: Cesarean Sections Are on the Rise Again. Public-Health Officials Want to Limit Them, but Many Patients and Doctors Are Resisting
When the time came to deliver, Debbie Teske wanted natural childbirth. But after 14 hours of labor, her cervix stopped dilating. Her blood pressure skyrocketed. "Everyone came flying, and I was in the section room really fast," she says. Teske and...
War of the Weary: Chants and Chads: Riotous Politics and Human Stress Turn Florida into a Wild Circus
The clock had runout, and so had Judge Charles Burton's good humor. The head of the Palm Beach election-canvassing board had appealed for more time--just a bit, after, as he put it, "an awful lot of great people... had been breaking their behinds for...
'We Wanted to Die Together': How One Family Coped When the Plague Hit Home
In most parts of China, AIDS still makes outcasts of its victims. Three years ago Feng Bingzhong was serving with the People's Liberation Army in Yunnan province when he was diagnosed with HIV, apparently contracted from a prostitute. A few weeks later,...
Wild Times under the Dome: Hard-Liners in the GOP-Dominated Legislature Are Itching to Join the Election War. Their Battle Plan
No one watching TV should be fooled by the genteel old capitol in Tallahassee, with its stately marble steps and candy-striped awnings. The real business these days gets done in the newer concrete tower next door, where partisan politics is played...
Yes, It's Later Than You Think: If You've Been Spending Instead of Saving, Where Will You Get the Money to Retire?
I've just filed an appeal with the Florida Supreme Court. I demand a recount of my age. Surely, someone can tape up a few hanging chads and put me back 10 years. If I--if you--had another chance, would we save and invest more money than we did the...