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. 131, No. 10, March 9

Art
The scene is like a New Yorker cartoon: three guys gaze quizzically at an all-white painting. These are the four characters in French playwright Yasmina Reza's hilarious, sneakily profound play Art. Through the course of the play all four (including...
Can Art Photography Be Kiddie Porn? Barnes & Noble under Attack by Conservatives
Dottie Hall has never actually seen books by photographers Jock Sturges or David Hamilton. But, says the 52-year-old grandmother and church staff member in Birmingham, Ala., she's seen photocopies of images from Sturges's "Radiant Identities"...
Criminalizing Criticism: In the Land of Power-Hungry Lawyers Starr Takes the Prosecutorial Culture a Beat Too Far
There oughta be a law." You've probably said that from time to time. I certainly have. But you and I don't have the power to prosecute over things that annoy us. Unlike, say, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, we don't have the power to compel New...
Deal with a Despot: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How Kofi Annan and the American S Shaped the Accord That Averted a War over Baghdad
The behind-the-scenes story of how Kofi Annan and the Americans shaped the accord that averted a war over Baghdad. Now, can the pact hold? Kofi Annan had heard stories about negotiating with Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi president is notorious for...
Disturbing the Universe: Two Studies Rehabilitate an Old Idea from Einstein
Cosmologists are good sports. They're happy to entertain the idea that most of the universe is not made of the same kind of atoms as those on Earth, and even give these particles whimsical names like axions and WIMPs. And they seriously discuss...
Fair Shot or Foul Play?
It was supposed to be the pinnacle of Nykesha Sales's basketball career. And for a moment it was: last week the University of Connecticut forward sank a layup that made her the school's all-time highest women's scorer. Fans rose in a standing...
From the Rough
Casey Martin fought a disability to play golf. Then he fought the PGA Tour and the legends of the game for the right to use a cart. Now he's on a roll. From The 11th Tee on the Stanford University golf course, the horizon follows the jagged line...
Giving Saddam One More Chance: Annan on His Last-Minute Agreement with Iraq
Last week, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was the man of the hour--to some. He'd flown to Baghdad, met with Saddam Hussein and persuaded him to sign on to a deal. While many were elated, others were skeptical--predicting that Saddam would break...
Hell Nino: As Storms Swept through Florida and California, Meteorologists Predicted Rough Weather Ahead
Lori Prescott had been furiously clearing rocks from a drainage channel near her home in Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, Calif., when a hillside of mud gave way, covering her up to her shoulders and trapping her between her house and the hot...
It's All in Your Neck; Thyroid Problems Can Cause Everything from Dry Skin to Depression; Are You Suffering Needlessly?
Thyroid problems can cause everything from dry skin to depression. Are you suffering needlessly? When Hillary Zalaznick dropped out of Harvard last year, friends and teachers assumed she was just one more maladjusted kid. Zalaznick had excess...
Keeping It in the Family: Marriotts Offer Holders a Sweet Deal - with a Catch
If you want to know what Marriott International is, the big hotel company, don't bother checking out the fat proxy statement the company recently sent its shareholders. Instead, rent a videotape of "Mary Poppins" and listen to Julie Andrews...
Leadership by Presentation: The Town Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, Proved the Maxim: Live by PR, Die by PR
The town meeting in Columbus, Ohio proved the maxim: lived by PR, die by PR So far as I can remember, the displacement of the serious business of American government by a kind of shallow pageantry began with the announcement of Richard Nixon's...
Looking for Money on the Lunar Surface
Once Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquillity and Neil Armstrong picked up a few rocks to prove he'd been there, the urgency that got NASA to the moon vanished. Within a few years the missions stopped. "The country basically made a decision...
Love and Death on Long Island
John Hurt, whose talents are often wasted in big Hollywood movies, such as "Contact," has found a role he can sink his sharpest teeth into. In Love and Death on Long Island, a comedy of unusual intelligence and poignancy, he plays a recently...
Microsoft vs. the World
Bill Gates says he wants to make computers better and easier to use. But the government charges his tactics a unfair and is threatening to change the way Microsoft does business. Here's how Gates Is fighting back. Accompanied by eight camera ...
Mom, What's Monicagate? Today's Parents Give Up Far Too Easily on Teaching Their Kids about Right and Wrong
Today's parents give up far too easily on teaching their kids about right and wrong I've had it. I can't bear to hear another report about parents in distress--wondering what to tell their kids about the current White House intern scandal. Bombarded...
Race to the Bottom
Hobbled by self-inflicted wounds, Starr struggles to keep his probe on track. Behind the lines of an ever-dirtier war--on both sides. When the reporter called, his questions hinted at something troubling--and sensational. To the sensitive...
Stirring the Fishbowl: A Power Couple Fights Back against the Press
When New York's chattering classes gather at lunch, "Harry and Tina" are usually picked at more obsessively than the salades nicoises. By now, Harry Evans and Tina Brown should be used to it: they've been in the media fishbowl for years, back...
Take It from the Top: A Giant-Screen IMAX Film Restores a Sense of Awe and Beauty to Conquering the World's Highest Peak
A giant-screen IMAX film restores a sense of awe and beauty to conquering the world's highest peak One of the great achievements of Jon Krakauer's best-selling account of the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest, "Into Thin Air," was to put to rest...
The Feds' Case against Bill Gates
Watch out, Bill: Justice may soon hit you with the biggest antitrust action since AT&T, one that might transform the U.S. economy. Microsofties may see Joel Klein as the anti-christ. The truth is,' Klein is the anti-Gates. Justice's antitrust...
'We Have to Innovate.' Gates Says If Justice Wins, It Will Ruin the PC Business
In an at times raucous conversation with Newsweek Senior Editor Steven Levy last month, a defiant Microsoft chairman portrayed his company as anything but an "evil empire." Excerpts: Newsweek: You've got ambitious plans to make computers...
'What Do You Do? Tell His Boss? Kathleen Willey's Vivid Account of Her Alleged Encounter with Clinton
Kathleen Willey's vivid account of her alleged encounter with Clinton. It was Nov. 29, 1993, and Kathleen Willey, a Richmond, Va., socialite who worked as a volunteer in the White House, had come to see the president to ask for a paying job....
When the Fine Print Changes; What Should You Do If Your HMO Cuts Back on Benefits?
Like a lot of seniors, John Mascia thought he'd found a great deal last fall when he joined Senior Option, a Medicare HMO owned by First Option Health Plan in Red Bank, N.J. The company charged no premium for health coverage. Better yet, prescription...