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. 128, No. 23, December 2

101 Dalmations
Remaking the animated classic with real pooches ACCORDING TO VARIETY, THE 1961, ANIMATED "101 Dalmatians" is the sixth most popular movie of all time, judged by the number of tickets sold. If ticket prices then were what they are now, it would have...
Am American Empire?
No, Washington just wants to avoid a quagmire IT'S A BREEZY TROPICAL night in Kigali, Rwanda's hilltop capital. At Chez Lando, locals eat grilled fish and watch a French news broadcast on a TV set above the bar. The announcer mentions that...
A Small World after All
Wanted: a 'globoboss' who's at home anywhere and sings the same tune--profits--everywhere BET ON IT. ANY TIME THERE'S A BIG international merger--and 1996 has had a record number-you're going to get all sorts of fretting about "culture clash." Since...
A Stogie Warning: Chic - and Dangerous
Chic--and dangerous WHO IS BURIED IN GRANT'S TOMB? The answer is not a premium box of panatellas--although that could be a good guess. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), troubled by a sudden resurgence of cigar smoking in the 1990s, has just...
A Sunny Day in Rome; in the View of One Who Knows Them Both, Pope Paul II and Fidel Castro Have Long Fascinated Each Other
In the view of one who knows them both, Pope John Paul II and Fidel Castro have long fascinated each other. JOHN PAUL II HAS FASCINATED AND ATTRACTED FIDEL Castro since he was elected pope more than 18 years ago. And the Cuban revolutionary has...
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: How the Feds Are Forcing Westinghouse to Clean Up Its Pension-Fund Mess before It Splits Itself Up
How the Feds are forcing Westinghouse to clean up its pension-fund mess before it splits itself up THE UNITED STATES HAS ALWAYS been the land of the fresh start. Persecuted in your homeland? Immigrate to America. Mess up in the East? If so, go West....
Death in a Dumpster
They were perfect teens, Then she got pregnant, they got scared--and the baby ended up dead. AMY WENT INTO labor just after midnight. She was in her freshman dorm room at the University of Delaware, in pain and terrified. She couldn't go to the...
Great Holiday Food without Much Fuss
I'll be honest with you. There is no such thing as holiday food without any fuss. Cooking for others, regardless if it's for two or two hundred, demands an output of effort. It's the degree of effort expended that separates the savvy holiday cook from...
Holiday Entertaining Tips
Holiday entertaining should be a delight-never a chore; if it is the latter, you may as well be partying with Scrooge. Following is your silent party-planning partner, a complete baedecker to successful entertaining. Whether your get-together is spontaneous...
I Have Learned to Hope: Two Years Ago He Was Comatose and Nearly Dead; Now a Boston Talk-Show Host Looks Forward to the Future
Two years ago he was comatose and nearly dead; now a Boston talk-show host looks forward to the future FEAR, DENIAL, ACCEPTANCE, HOPE, THAT HAS BEEN THE trajectory of my life with AIDS during the past two years. Let me explain. In 1988, pushed to...
Live from the Oval Office: New Tapes Reveal the Unvarnished Nixon - a Rash, Often Conspiratorial Schemer. I Know; I Was There
New tapes reveal the unvarnished Nixon--a rash, often conspiratorial schemer. I know; I was there. "YOU KNOW," HENRY KISSINGER ONCE said to me as we emerged from Richard Nixon's Oval Office, "If there are any recordings of these sessions with him,...
One Devil of a Time
After 40 years, 'The Crucible' hits the screen. High concept: sizzling sex in old Salem. Here's how a classic went Hollywood but kept its virtue. AS IT TURNS OUT, ARTHUR MILLER'S ever-popular play 'The Crucible makes a good movie--but what a great...
Pitsville, U.S.A
Motown is leaking money and struggling to produce hits. Can it be saved? IT WAS THE NIGHT OF THE MIKE Tyson-Evander Holyfield showdown. A hip crowd had gathered at the Beverly Hills mansion of record mogul Andre Harrell for a fight party: the kind...
Prepare to Ram: Clinton Is Eager to Negotiate a Major Strategic Understanding with China; but Beijing Seems Intent on Bulling Its Way into the Club of Elite Nations
Clinton is eager to negotiate a major strategic understanding with China. But Beijing seems intent on bulling its way into the club of elite nations. WASHINGTON SERETLY offered China a nuclear deal last month: the Pentagon would not target U.S....
Taking His Stand
Both sides followed their gameplans, the lawyer accusing, O.J. denying Good drama, but will it change any minds? THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM LAST week was that there wouldn't be a Perry Mason moment. There wouldn't be a time when O.J. Simpson would...
Targeting a Deadly Scrap of Genetic Code
New therapies can stall HIV's assault on the body, but the virus is notorious for overcoming obstacles NINETEEN NINTY-SIX MAY GO down as the year AIDS treatment came of age. By combining new drugs called protease inhibitors with old workhorses like...
The Best Kids' Stuff
Meet a girl whose prince is the farmer next door, a family who yells over Thanksgiving dinner, a baseball legend who bellies up to the barre IF THERE ARE SMALL BOOK-LOVERS IN your life, now's the time of year when you may be thinking vague thoughts...
The Crucible
The playwright knows how to get your blood boiling NICHOLAS HYTNER'S passionate movie version of Arthur Miller's The Crucible gets your blood boiling, which is just what it's meant to do. Miller has revised his venerable opus, quickening its rhythms...
The End of AIDS? the Plague Continues, Especially for the Uninsured, but New Drugs Offer Hope for Living
AT MILE 20 OF THE New York marathon, Jin Howley started to feel sore, afraid he would have to walk the last six miles. His legs were gone, his energy spent. He was freezing. He decided to push it anyway, running as hard as he could for as long as he...
The Fort Bragg Swastika: Did the Army Blame the Wrong Man for Racism?
Did the army blame the wrong man for racism? WHEN NAZI SWASTIKAS were painted on the barracks doors of six black Special Forces soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., last July, the army knew it faced another explosive racial incident. Seven months earlier,...
The Most Dangerous Man in Washington
HUNTER AND QUARRY, KENNETH Starr and Bill Clinton came face to face one afternoon in April 1995. Starr and his team of prosecutors arrived at the White House and were ushered into the president's personal study. They had come for an unusual event--to...
The Newest Asian 'Tiger: The Philippines Is Learning, at Last, How to Prosper without Depending on the United States
The Philippines is learning, at last, how to prosper without depending on the United States Four years ago the USS Belleau Wood sailed out of Subic Bay, shutting down America's biggest overseas naval base. The closing, mandated by the Philippine...
The Perfect Gift
With five fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, not only do you have to get a grip on who's been naughty and who's been nice quicker, but you may well need a method to handle mall madness. It only takes time and money to...
The Spy Who Sold Out
Did a CIA man with expensive tastes, a busted marriage and a mistress go over to the Russians? STUDENT SPIES AT "THE Farm"--Camp Peary, the CIA's 9,275-acre training ground near Williamsburg, Va.--are taught to make "surveillance detection runs,"...
The Stages of Scandal: Clinton's Campaign-Finance Embarrassments Have Reached the Drip, Drip, Drip Point
Clinton's campaign-finance embarrassments have reached the drip, drip, drip point WHAT IF IT HAD BEEN DAN QUAYLE, NOT BILL Clinton, who sought to put the opposition in its place, as Clinton recently did, by saying, "The last time I checked, the...
The Sum of Mediocrity: In Math, Americans Finish Way out of the Money
In math, Americans finish way out of the money TIME FOR ANOTHER GLOBAL-COMPETITIVENESS alert. In the Third International Mathematics and Science Study-which last year tested a half-million students in 41 countries--American eighth graders scored...
Time to Look and Listen: Thanksgiving Reminds Us That Our Differences Unite Us and Make Us Unique as a Nation
Thanksgiving reminds us that our differences unite us and make us unique as a nation I LOVE MY COUNTRY AS MANY WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR generations cannot. Perhaps that's because I m the child of immigrants, raised with a conscious respect for America...
'We Are Very Far Along.' (Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr Discusses the Whitewater Investigation and Related scandals)(Interview)(Brief Article)
In an exclusive interview, Starr on partisanship, the difficulties of his job and what's ahead NEWSWEEK: is it reasonable that Whitewater should hang over the second Clinton term? STARR: It's our duty to do our job as quickly as we can. What...