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 March 8

A Falling out among Friends; Love Lost: They Were Bush's Biggest Gay GOP Fans. but He's Losing the Austin 12
Byline: Debra Rosenberg and Mark Miller, With Tamara Lipper David Catania has been one of George W. Bush's most loyal supporters. The Washington, D.C., city councilman has raised nearly $80,000 for the president's re-election. He's a Bush delegate...
A Sly Symphony of Self-Loathing
Byline: Dorothy Kalins Sometimes living to eat does not seem the most far-fetched of all life's rationales. But living to smoke? For Hugo Whittier, "to live without smoking is no life." Even though it's killing him. Welcome to the perverse universe...
At the Left Hand of God; from Same-Sex Marriage to Mel Gibson's Gory Take on the Crucifixion, the New Wedge Issue Is Religiosity, Not to Be Confused with Faith
Byline: Anna Quindlen Recently, a man who was enraged by my column sent an e-mail with an exultant sign-off line. He said that in closing he was not only going to mention God, he was going to capitalize the G because he knew it made liberals like...
Columbine: The Questions Linger
Byline: Paul Tolme Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold leer into the camera and promise to murder bullies. "If you ever touch him again, I will fricking kill you," Harris yells at an imaginary thug. The newly released videos were filmed by the two boys...
Exclusive: Plane? Found. Cash? Still Missing
Byline: Mark Hosenball Before the first bomb fell on Baghdad, the Bush administration announced it was launching a campaign to find and seize what were believed to be billions of dollars squirreled away by Saddam Hussein and his cronies. But tracing...
Interview: 'I'm in Perfect Health'; John Kerry Speaks out on the Agent Orange Wars and His Own Feelings about Fighting in Contaminated Battlefields
Byline: Michael Isikoff It has been a subject of passionate interest for John Kerry throughout his Senate career. But the Democratic presidential front runner has not spoken publicly about his own brush with Agent Orange in Vietnam until now. He...
Jesus Christ Movie Star; Mel Gibson's 'The Passion' Defies Expectations and Opens to a Flood of Tears-And Ticket Sales. That May Not Stop It from Being the Most Divisive Movie in History
Byline: David Gates, With Sean Smith in Los Angeles, Julie Scelfo in New York, Mark Miller in Dallas, Jason McLure in Boston and Patrick Crowley in Cincinnati Whatever you think about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," it's clear that everything...
Kerry and Agent Orange; Mists of Time: Agent Orange Doused the Mekong Delta in the Late 1960s. Lieutenant John F. Kerry Was There. How His Men Have Coped-And How Kerry Feels about His Brush with a Deadly Toxin
Publisher correction: March 24, 2004 In "Kerry & Agent Orange" (March 8) a caption accompanying a photo incorrectly identified a boat patrolling the Mekong Delta. The vessel is an assault-support patrol boat, not a Swift Boat. Also, in "A Poison's...
Mail Call; Marching to Different War Drums
As the presidential campaign heats up, so does the debate on the candidates' roles during Vietnam, the subject of our Feb. 23 issue. Many readers praised John Kerry for having "willingly stepped up to the plate to serve his country," as one said. Another,...
Newsmakers
Byline: Marc Peyser and Sean Smith, Devin Gordon The Pirate's Booty If you have a Johnny Depp fantasy, you're in good company. After "Pirates of the Caribbean" grossed $305 million (more than Depp's previous 11 movies combined), he's become one...
On Main Street; Fault Lines: Gay Rights May Grab Headlines, but in Canton, Ohio, the Race Is about Jobs
Byline: Howard Fineman, With Tamara Lipper Neal Locke, 49, worries about his marriage and the prospects of the company he works for. Yet his story isn't as typical as it sounds. Like many a native of Stark County, Ohio, he went to work for Timken...
Out of Bounds; as an NBA Ref, Violet Palmer Is the Only Woman in a Man's Game. on the Job, She's Surrounded by a Court Full of Stampeding Giants. They Don't Get in Her Way
Byline: Vanessa Juarez When Violet Palmer is wearing her daytime Nike gear, ponytail and infectious smile, she reminds you of Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts, a pal you'd like to hang out with. But once the curtain goes up, she's all business. Palmer's...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotes from top to bottom: New York Daily News, Florida Times-Union, Associated Press, Concord Monitor, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Variety, New York Times, Associated Press (2) "This is my brand-new wife." Comedian...
Policing a Rural Plague; Meth Is Ravaging the Midwest. Why It's So Hard to Stop
Byline: Dirk Johnson There is trouble on music Mountain Road. In the wooded hills at the edge of Hot Springs, Ark., a red pickup truck and a white SUV pull into a gravel driveway. Out of the vehicles jump six big men, moving like they mean business....
Protecting the Welfare State; When Alan Greenspan Suggested Future Cuts in Social Security, Politicians Howled. but the More We Postpone, the Greater the Dangers
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson One great project of the late 20th century was the construction of vast welfare states in wealthy nations to protect people against the insecurities of the business cycle and the injustices of unfettered capitalism. One...
Proud Bachelor Turned Marrying Man-Sort of; Helping Gay Couples Get Hitched Gave Me a New Respect for a Tradition I've Been Happy to Escape
Byline: Sean Captain, Captain is a journalist living in San Francisco. I'm a straight, single man, who, during Valentine's weekend and for several days that followed, performed weddings as a deputized marriage commissioner for the city and county...
Rehabilitation: How A Brain Heals; Stroke Victims Used to Face a Lifetime of Disability. Now, Near-Total Recovery Is Possible. but It Takes a Lot of Work
Byline: Mary Carmichael, With Nadine Joseph in Los Angeles It was a truism, conventional wisdom, a nasty fact of life. For years, doctors insisted that after the initial six-month recovery period, stroke victims could not improve substantially....
Sexy, Solo and out of Sync; Boy-Band Singer J. C. Chasez Goes It Alone
Byline: Lorraine Ali He is not cute. In fact, 'n Sync heartthrob J. C. Chasez is looking more Benicio Del Toro haggard than Justin Timberlake fresh these days. He's extremely thin, with bad posture and frizzy hair that resists any definable style....
Shocking the Jocks; Clear Channel Suspends Stern, and Dumps Bubba
Byline: Peg Tyre The fallout from nipple-gate continues. Four weeks after singer Janet Jackson's naked breast sparked a public uproar over indecency on the airwaves, the country's largest radio chain, Clear Channel, cleaned house. Feeling pressure...
Snap Judgment; Our Critics Set You Straight on Three New Movies
Byline: Devin Gordon, David Ansen Starsky & Hutch Directed by Todd Phillips This spoof of the 1970s buddy-cop TV show is the movie equivalent of a Barcalounger: it's not about working hard. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have become a bankable...
Spying: The United Nations of Wiretaps?
Byline: Adam Piore There was outrage at the United Nations last week when a former member of Tony Blair's cabinet claimed that British intelligence had conducted electronic surveillance on Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the lead-up to the Iraq...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker In this suspicious age, some people may wonder how we came upon this week's story about John Kerry and Agent Orange, and why we're running it now. The first answer is simple: smart reporting. Jamie Reno was looking into Kerry's...
The Ghosts of War; Pro-Government Vigilantes Loot and Murder, as Rebels with a Dark Past Storm toward the Capital. Can Haiti Be Saved?
Byline: Joseph Contreras, With John Barry in Washington and Malcolm Beith in New York Even before the rebels reached Haiti's capital, corpses began turning up. Photographers found two men's bodies on Friday morning near John Brown Avenue, the main...
The Master Operator; You Might Think Ahmad Chalabi Is Discredited and Despised. but He's Still Growing More Powerful
Byline: Christopher Dickey Nobody seems to love Ahmad Chalabi anymore. From the moment he flew into Iraq last year with a band of U.S.-trained militia at his side, many locals saw him as an interloper, a pretender and, in some eyes, an American...
The War on Strokes; They Strike out of the Blue, Insidious and Deadly, Killing Brain Cells, Destroying Lives. Now a New Wave of Research Offers Hope to Millions. Inside the Search for Treatments That Work
Byline: Jerry Adler, With Andrew Murr in Los Angeles, Anne Underwood in New York and Joan Raymond in Cleveland Until the day he collapsed, John Kelly, 57--an exceptionally fit, nonsmoking, retired Marine officer from Kansas City, Kans.--had never...
Travel: Nailing Your First 'Bogey'
Byline: Barney Gimbel At 4,000 feet over the Pacific, the pilot started yelling, "Pull up! Pull up! There he goes!" With my right hand on the plane's stick and my left hand holding on for dear life, I craned my neck to spot my enemy. I yanked back...
Two Lives to Live; A Transsexual Who Bent Minds, Not Just Genders
Byline: Malcolm Jones Gordon Kenneth Ticehurst. Gordon Hall. Dawn Pepita Langley Hall. Dawn Langley Hall Simmons. That's a lot of names for one person, although to be strictly accurate, it won't do to insist on the singular. Our hero began life...
'We Never Had a War'; German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Repairing His Ties with President Bush, and Future Cooperation in the Mideast
Byline: Lally Weymouth After more than a year of strained relations caused by President Bush's anger at Germany's opposition to the war in Iraq, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder received a warm welcome at the White House last Friday. According to one...
Will He Survive? Angry Investors Are Pressuring Disney Directors to Replace Michael Eisner. A Crucial Vote This Week May Force the Board to Act
Byline: David J. Jefferson and Johnnie L. Roberts, With Jennifer Ordonez Once upon a time, when Michael Eisner took the throne at a Disney shareholder meeting, he held court over polite family affairs across the street from the Magic Kingdom in...