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 July 19

Beneath the Hoods; Many of the Tortured at Abu Ghraib Were Common Criminals, Not Terrorists
Byline: Julie Scelfo and Rod Nordland (With Babak Dehghanpisheh in Baghdad) What if the FBI had tortured Zacarias Moussaoui, the would-be 20th hijacker, into revealing the plot to destroy the World Trade Center in time to stop it? Who could blame...
Exclusive: Election Day Worries
Byline: Michael Isikoff American counter-terrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November...
Food: Recipes to the Rescue
Byline: Dorothy Kalins If I close my eyes, I can see the light in the River Cafe, coming in flat and crisp and lemony off the Thames, through the industrial windows of this onetime warehouse, spilling over white tablecloths onto plates of fava beans...
For Sharon, an Unlikely Legacy; Having Spent His Life Opposed to a Palestinian State, He Now Explains That It Is Inevitable. He Has Recognized That There Is No Alternative
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com) The real story about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not what happened at the International Court in The Hague last week but what has been happening inside Israel for the...
Hosing Down Wall Street; Lawyer Jeff Liddle Finds the Dirt on Big Financial Firms. His Latest Case Will Give Them Fresh Reasons to Hate Him
Byline: Charles Gasparino Jeff Liddle likes to brag about some of the big names he's cross-examined during his 27-year career as an attorney on Wall Street, including Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill and Jack Grubman, the former star telecom analyst...
Lay's a Victim? Not a Chance. If Enron's Indicted Former CEO Was as Clueless as He Claims to Have Been, He Should Return All the Money He Made for Running the Company
Byline: Allan Sloan (Sloan is NEWSWEEK'S Wall Street editor. His e-mail is sloan@panix.com.) Ok, fans. we finally got the photo op that so many people have wanted to see for so long: Ken Lay doing the perp walk, almost three years after Enron's...
Medicine without Doctors; in Africa, Just 2 Percent of People with AIDS Get the Treatment They Need. but Drugs Are Cheap, Access to Them Is Improving and a New Grass-Roots Effort Gives Reason to Hope
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley (Reporting for this story was supported by a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) The first part of Nozuko Mavuka's story is nothing unusual in sub-Saharan Africa. A young woman comes down with aches and diarrhea,...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, David J. Jefferson, Devin Gordon Q&A: Jennifer Coolidge Jennifer Coolidge has made a scene-stealing career playing the coquette in "Best in Show" and the hot mom in "American Pie." She turns up in the Hilary Duff movie...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources From Top To Bottom, Left To Right: ABC News (2), Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, London Daily Telegraph, New York Times (2), Glamour, Bloomberg, Reuters "This was a global intelligence failure." Republican Sen....
Power to the Posse; Renaissance Hunk Mark Wahlberg Creates a Hilarious New Series, 'Entourage,' about a Star and His Crew
Byline: Marc Peyser The true test of a movie star's power isn't how many women he can get. It's how many women he can get for his buddies. Vince (Adrian Grenier) is having a bad day. He got a lousy review for his latest film, as well as shooting...
Raising a Son-With Men on the Fringes; It's Up to Me to Make Sure That Jason Escapes the Dismal Statistics, but His Future Is Far from Certain
Byline: Robyn Marks (Marks lives in Owings Mills, Md.) Despite my best efforts, I am a single mother. It's a title I'm not too fond of, a repeat of my urban family's legacy of strong black women raising a black boy with men on the fringes. My grandmother...
Rocking, Rolling and Roaring; A Hot New Motor Sport Pushes Gravity to the Limit
Byline: Vanessa Juarez It's 9:30 on a cool and cloudy Sunday morning, and Tracy Jordan--who's also known as "The Steel-Horse Cowboy" and "Hollywood" (he says it's the sunglasses, not his movie-star looks)--is strategizing just how he'll crawl up...
Taking a Front Seat
Byline: William Lee Adams This week, Elena Tenchikova, 19, will be steering a new set of wheels. Unlike some of her classmates at Brooklyn College, however, she won't be cruising to a party. She's heading to a taxi stand near you. Tenchikova is...
The Art of the Closing Argument; A Good Political Speech Should Resemble a Good Closing Argument, Where the Case Builds Slowly to a Devastating Conclusion about the Defendant
Byline: Jonathan Alter At a gala fund-raiser in Los Angeles recently, comedian Billy Crystal told John Kerry, "If you're having a good time, John, tell your face." Kerry laughed, and a few days later Longface--showing a commendable sense of security--picked...
'The Best Person in the Country'; Getting to Know One Another, on the Grand Stage. A Chat with the New Team
Byline: Howard Fineman and Richard Wolffe In their first joint interview as ticket mates, John Kerry and John Edwards sat down in a conference room at Ft. Lauderdale airport with NEWSWEEK's Howard Fineman and Richard Wolffe. NEWSWEEK: Is John...
The Boyish Wonder; Happy Warrior: He Was No Superstar. but John Edwards's Determination and Ability to Read the Defense Took Him to the Top
Byline: Evan Thomas, Susannah Meadows and Arian Campo-Flores In politics, self-made men seem to fall into two categories: sunny and dark. Both Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon began as farm boys, but while Ike radiated corn-fed smiles, Nixon...
'The Dots Never Existed'; A Damning Report on Iraq Intelligence Failures Throws the Administration a Curve Ball
Byline: Michael Isikoff (With Tamara Lipper) The more he read, the more uneasy he became. In early February 2003 Colin Powell was putting the finishing touches on his speech to the United Nations spelling out the case for war in Iraq. Across the...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker The week after the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, where John Kerry came in first and John Edwards placed second, we briefly toyed with the idea of putting them both on our cover with the line "Just the Ticket?" But when we asked...
The Hives Break out; They Are the Pride of Sweden (Sort of). They Claim to Be Rock's Great Hope (Would They Lie?). and They're about to Release One of the Most Exciting Albums of the Year
Byline: Lorraine Ali A decade ago the hives started playing in punk bars near their tiny, woodsy hometown of Fagersta, Sweden. It would be fair to say that not everybody warmed to them. "The fact that we wore suits was enough to piss people off...
The Spouse: A Woman of the People; She Lost a Child, Fought Late-in-Life Fertility Issues and Is Trying the South Beach Diet. Elizabeth Edwards Can Relate
Byline: Melinda Henneberger Wouldn't you just know," Elizabeth Edwards says with a rueful laugh, that her son Jack would choose the moment of the big Kerry-Edwards family portrait last week to stick his thumb in his mouth for the first time--a moment...
Try to Guess Who's Backing Nader
Byline: Holly Bailey In his run for the white House, Ralph Nader is getting help from an unexpected source: Republicans. Of the $1 million that Nader has raised for his campaign so far, about $50,000 is from donors who have also given to President...
Waiting for the Movie; Reading's Going out of Style, Even as Publishers Go Wild
Byline: Malcolm Jones (With Devon Thomas and Jac Chebatoris) You don't usually go to government reports for arresting prose. But consider this sentence: "Indeed, at the current rate of loss, literary reading as a leisure activity will virtually...
Warming Up Kerry; Blue Skies: Their Energy Was Infectious, but Their Numbers Barely Moved. Can Kerry-Edwards Convert Smiles into Votes against Team Bush? Game On
Byline: Howard Fineman and Richard Wolffe (With Tamara Lipper in Washington, Rebecca Sinderbrand with Cheney and T. Trent Gegax in New York) The Kennedys loved to play football in odd places and so, naturally, does their political descendant, Sen....