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. 130, No. 9, September 1

A Hollywood Ending
This summer was supposed to be a disaster. Instead it broke records. What went right? HOW DESPERATE CAN YOU GET? Months ago, when Disney began beating the drums for "George of the Jungle," absolutely no one was listening-- even when publicists dressed...
Big Bang or Bust; Mobsters Slow Tokyo's Plan to Join World Markets
Mobsters slow Tokyo's plan to join world markets AFTER GOING ITS OWN WAY FOR decades, Tokyo badly wants to be a big player in the global financial system. The reason is plain: it's good business. The Japanese may own nearly half the world's investable...
Early Warning 2: Once Again, Here's the World's Earliest Summer-Movie Preview. Meet 1998
Once again, here's the world's earliest summer-movie preview. Meet 1998. THE SUMMER IS OVER AND FALL is upon us. We can deny that fact, or we can embrace it. Frankly, denial seems underrated sometimes. Here is our second annual bid for an endless...
E. Coli Alert
There's nothing more American than hamburger and, now, more worrisome. The inside story of the meat scare and why you shouldn't relax yet. THIS IS A DETECTIVE STORY WITH two heroines, an invisible villain and no corpse. It began with a Fourth of...
Gift Horses with Reins
Wealthy alumni don't write blank checks anymore. Now they want a voice in how their money is used. THE WANTS OF OUR UNIVERSITIES INCREASE with the development of the country," Andrew Carnegie wrote in "The Gospel of Wealth." Indeed they do. In Carnegie's...
Grabbing at a Dead Star: Lawsuits Plague Rapper Tupac Shakur's Estate
Lawsuits plague rapper Tupac Shakur's estate RAP STAR TUPAC SHAKUR'S ASHES had hardly cooled before the gold rush began. Now, almost a year after his death, his mother is defending the estate from an old lover who turned up to prove he's Tupac's...
Kirk Franklin
9 Kirk Franklin turns gospel into gold EVEN THE LAMEST PERFORMERS GET standing ovations these days, but how many singers can lay claim to three hours of body-swaying adoration? Welcome to a Kirk Franklin concert, a musical lovefest of remarkable...
Let Them Eat Flowers; Israel Hits Palestinians in the Pocketbook
Israel hits Palestinians in the pocketbook THESE DAYS FLOWERS ARE FREE IN Gaza City. Customers in downtown vegetable markets get a bunch of carnations with every purchase. Flowers are grown for markets in Europe, one of the Gaza Strip's few export...
Living the Island Dream
Once harried families find a new peace offshore LIKE HUNDREDS OF OTHER FAMILIES, John Osbon, 45, his wife, Andrea Lee, 44, and their 9-year-old son, Max, are spending their summer on the glistening beaches of Nantucket Island, 25 miles off the coast...
Living with 'The Look': How Passersby See My Autistic Son's Antics Is Making Me Change the Way I See Myself
How passersby see my autistic son's antics is making me change the way I see myself I AM WALKING DOWN A BUSY CHICAGO STREET WITH WALKER, my autistic 11-year-old son, and people are staring at him. He's a boy blessed with terrific good looks--tall...
Moscow on the Make
IT'S 3 A.M. ON A WARM SUMMER night, and scores of young revelers pour onto a riverbank from a cutch of neighboring nightclubs. Some of the kids are drunk; some are stoned; some flirt; some just lie back and look at the night sky. They are relaxed,...
Mr. Bean Goes Global: Look out for a New, Silent British Invasion
Look out for a new, silent British invasion WHEN AMERICA EXPORTS ITS movies and TV shows around the world, it does so without a thought. Take Jim Carrey, blast-market him to every corner of the globe, people line up, end of story. But other countries...
Netiquette: A Guide to Manners in the New Age
IF YOU HAD ONE 'WISH for the third millennium, what would it be?' A cure for today's killer diseases? Five hundred channels of digital television? Abolition of the designated-hitter rule? Judith Martin has other ideas. "I'm hopeful for the future,"...
No Magic Bullet: More Inspectors Is Fine and Dandy; but Don't Kid Yourself: Government Can't 'Solve' the Problem of Food Safety
More inspectors is fine and dandy. But don't kid yourself: Government can't 'solve' the problem of food safety. INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS COMBINE both excitement and frustration. Our 1980 investigation of toxic-shock syndrome...
Not Much Time to Celebrate; Days after His Big Victory, a Union Boss Is Brought Low
Days after his big victory, a union boss is brought low LAST TUESDAY TEAMSTERS PRESIDENT Ronald Carey was all smiles. Fifteen days into his union's strike against UPS, the shipping giant had given in, promising 10,000 new fun-time jobs and allowing...
Quick-Change Artists: Rivals Still Can't Beat Honda's Launches
Rivals still can't beat Honda's launches WHEN WORKERS AT THE HONDA plant in Marysville, Ohio, punched the time clock last Tuesday morning, it seemed like the start of any other day on the assembly line. There were instrument panels to assemble,...
Reno's Dilemma
Can she block an independent counsel? FOR MONTHS, REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS have hectored Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the Democratic campaign-finance scandal. Reno's answer: she won't do it unless there...
The Flying Al Fayeds: Princess Di's New Date Fails to Inspire a Nation
Princess Di's new date fails to inspire a nation IN ITS EFFORTS TO VAULT OVER THE battlements of the British establishment, the high-flying Fayed family has been nothing if not persistent. Over the past three decades, family patriarch Mohamed Al...
The Full Monty
The hapless blokes in 'Full Monty' strip for success IN A DRAB GOVERNMENTAL OFFICE in Yorkshire, rows of unemployed men stand dolefully in line when suddenly a radio begins to play Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff." Almost imperceptibly one of the men...
The Lesser of Evils
Biljana Plavsic may be a bigot and a warmonger, but she s fighting someone even worse. NATO likes that. BILJANA PLAVSIC, THE ELECTED president of the Serbian enclave in Bosnia, is no Joan of Arc. She supported the ethnic-cleansing campaign, arguing...
The Standoff Never Ends: Five Years after Ruby Ridge, the Fighting Rages On
Five years after Ruby Ridge, the fighting rages on IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE RUBY Ridge will never go away. Senior officials at the FBI thought they had finally put the matter to rest earlier this month, when the Justice Department issued me findings...
The Thin Blue Line
A shocking accusation of abuse raises old questions about police brutality--and how it can be stopped AS TWO OF NEW YORK'S Finest, Thomas Bruder and Thomas Wiese were charged with protecting the public. Now they're charged with taking part in torture....
Throw out the Brushes: Commercial Artists Are Going Digital
Commercial artists are going digital. SEE THE ILLUSTRATION JUST above? Bet you'd like to have the original. Sorry, there is no original. What you're looking at is a printed reproduction of a work done entirely on a computer. These days, home machines...
Trendy - but Is It Safe?
Organic foods are hot. But free-range meat and pesticide-free vegetables aren't immune to bacteria. WITH EVERY NEW outbreak of a food-borne disease, the local megasupermarket seems a little darker, a little more foreboding. Couple that apprehension...
Up in the Air
The WNBA is a hoop dream come true for millions of American girls. But does the new league have enough game, and enough savvy, to make it last? IN AN EMPTY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, TERESA Weatherspoon runs the New York Liberty through a drill they...