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. 126, No. 16, October 16

Adventure Travel
Let's face it, we've been a society of adrenaline junkies ever since James Dean crashed at 135 miles per hour. Just look around at people bungee-jumping naked, watching on-the-edge-of-your-chair programs like "ER," scaling artificial rock walls at the...
An American Spectacle
THE IMPROBABLE IMAGES TRANSFIXED THE WORLD ... A BEAUTIFUL blonde with bruises, a luckless waiter, a bloodstained walkway, two innocent children and a football hero suddenly charged with two gruesome murders. Millions of viewers watched on live television...
Did Washington Hate Gays; Fighting to Take Homosexual History out of the Closet
Today, class, we will discuss whether Abraham Lincoln's homosexuality affected his attitude toward General McClellan. SUCH AN OPENER WOULD SURELY GET the attention of your typical bleary-eyed adolescent. And the possibility of such a sentence ever being...
Disorder in the Court
GET READY TO O.D. ON MORE O.J. THE trial is over, but the recriminations are just beginning. After all the analyses about race and gender, class and wealth, television and excess, California v. O. J. Simpson was still about the criminal-justice system....
How the Jury Saw It
KEPT OFF CAMERA, KNOWN ONLY BY THEIR numbers, they were obscured by all the courtroom posturing and squabbling. Day after day, the jurors remained unreadable, frequently taking copious notes, at other times drifting off when testimony dragged. Only a...
Mad TV
WHAT, NBC WORRY? THEY SHOULD, because after a 20-year free ride, the network's decaying comedy museum, "Saturday Night Live," finally has some seriously funny competition. Fox's Mad TV is starting two weeks later than "SNL" (on Oct. 14) but is getting...
O.J. Faces His Future
Acquitted of a heinous crime, he may still have to prove his innocence in civil court, and he confronts the possibility of a custody fight for his children. But remember, he'll always be famous-and he'll never go hungry. AT 48, THE FACE IS STILL smooth...
One Verdict, Clashing Voices
Lani Guinier, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Talking about race for people of color in this nation is the natural thing to do. Blacks carry race around with them all the time. But for whites, talking about race is uncomfortable. It's...
Personal Perks
Smart travelers have always carried gadgets to enhance their comfort; and to make doing business on the road easier. The number of these stress-reducing personal perks increases every year. But not everyone's plugged in; every now and then you can walk...
Preaching in the Rain
YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE, THEY squished through gusty winds and slanting rain, as if the soggy marshlands of eastern New Jersey were the site of the Second Coming. From row 1, where Jeanne Burke sat with her 8-year-old son, Brian, to the last row, where Rocio...
Privileged Assets
The idea caught on. Not only did American Express enter the common market of advertising tag lines that are passed on out of context ("Where's the beef?"), but a whole layer of travelers -- both business and leisure -- came to demand a new set of privileges....
Setting the Table
THIS IS WHERE THE 20TH CENTURY began to disintegrate--in this house," Richard Holbrooke said portentously, but not inaccurately, as he walked up the step of Sarajevo's Konak House list Wednesday. It was a marvelous building and a lucky one, relatively...
Strange Days
STRANGE DAYS DOESN'T JUST SIT THERE ON the screen and invite you to watch. It instantly yanks you into a dazzling opening sequence, a frenetic heist in which the careening camera makes you one of the heisters, breaking through doors, lurching, down stairways,...
The End of Easy Money
MCDONALD'S HAS BUILT ITS BUSINESS on happy faces, and not just among kids going gaga over Big Macs and fries. Investors, too, have feasted beneath the golden arches. McDonald's stock, one of Wall Street's bluest chips, has returned an average of 22 percent...
The Other Murder Trial; Why an Obsessed Employee Shot the Tejano Queen
THE BULLET THAT KILLED SELENA Quintanilla-Perez on March 31 weighed less than one ounce and cost about 25 cents. Just before 11:5o a.m., in room 158 of the Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Texas, the bullet struck Selena below her right shoulder blade,...
The Scarlet Letter
YOU MAY BE AMAZED, WATCHING THE Scarlet Letter, just how little you remember of that American classic they forced you to read in high school. How could you have forgotten that spicy scene when Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) first glimpses the minister Arthur...
What Went Wrong
O.J., WE'VE GOT SORT of a problem." It was Monday, June 13, 1994, about 1:30 p.m., and O.J. Simpson sat in a small, windowless interview room on the third floor of Parker Center, the blandly modernist headquarters of the LAPD made famous by the cop...
When E-Mail Is Oops-Mail
LIKE MILLIONS OF WORKING stiffs, Rhonda Hall and Bonita Bourke didn't always use their office e-mail for strictly professional purposes. Sometimes they gossiped or exchanged jokes. Once in a while they engaged in that age-old practice of carping about...
White and Blue
I FELT WHITER LAST WEEK THAN I HAVE EVER FELT BEfore, and I didn't like it. Sometimes feeling self-consciously white can be uncomfortable but illuminating; for instance, I understand the value of those times when I've been the only white person in a...
Whites V. Blacks
Were we watching the same trial? After the verdict, the two communities talked past each other, with passionate misunderstanding. By Mark Whitaker IT WAS JUST AFTER 1 P.M. EAST COAST time last Tuesday, the moment when America stopped. At a small midtown...
Why Batterers So Often Go Free
WHEN THE O.J. VERDICT WAS read to a rapt and riven nation, one woman in Madison Wis., felt all over again the barrel of a gun pressed to her temple. Two months after Nicole Brown Simpson was brutally murdered, Jennifer, as she asks to be called, found...