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 September 27

A Car Is Born; It's Not Just Oprah's Big Giveaway. Motown Is Stealing Hollywood's Best Tricks to Build Buzz for New Models. That's What It Takes These Days for a Blockbuster Debut
Byline: Keith Naughton With just three weeks to go, Oprah was still looking for something big to kick off her 19th season. General Motors, desperate to get attention for its unheralded new Pontiac G6, had already pitched Oprah on featuring the car...
Advice for the Asking; A Harvard Psychologist Offers Options for Dealing with Anxiety, Obesity, Breast Cancer and More
Byline: Alice D. Domar (Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., is the director of the Mind/Body Center for Women's Health at Boston IVF. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and a senior staff psychologist...
A Lethal Idea Still Lives; on the Dominating Issue of Iraq, It Is Possible for Reasonable People to Be Simultaneously to the Right of President Bush and to the Left of John Kerry
Byline: George F. Will This grotesque presidential campaign, which every day subtracts from the nation's understanding of its deepening dilemmas, cannot end soon enough, or well. Concerning the issue that eclipses all others--the wars in Iraq and...
Altered States; Hypnosis Can Help with Problems from Anxiety to Pain. How It Works, and What It Does in the Brain
Byline: David Noonan At 27, Beth, an Indiana housewife, came down with chronic diarrhea that plagued her for the next three years. "I knew where every bathroom in town was," she says with a laugh. But it was no joke. "I didn't really want to go...
A New Fertility Factor; Stress Is Just One of Many Obstacles to Pregnancy, but It's One You Can Control
Byline: Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. (Adapted from "6 Steps to Increased Fertility" by Robert L. Barbieri, M.D.; Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., and Kevin R. Loughlin, M.D. <I>(Fireside. 2001).</I> For more information about mind-body techniques and fertility...
A New Menace on the Rez; as If Alcoholism and Unemployment Were Not Enough, Crystal Meth Is the Latest Scourge Bedeviling Native Americans
Byline: Andrew Murr (With Sarah Childress) It didn't take Navajo police-woman Fayetta Dale long to realize there was something drastically wrong with Mervyn Nelson when Dale responded to a domestic-disturbance call on the reservation last fall....
A Remedy for Pricey Drugs; Our Neighbors in Canada Can Buy Health-Giving Drugs at Reasonable Prices, So Why Can't We? Just Whispering That Brings the Furies Down
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) You're in trouble if you have to buy your own brand-name prescription drugs. Over the past decade, prices leaped by more than double the inflation rate. Treatments for chronic conditions...
A Source of Contention
Byline: Mark Hosenball, Michael Isikoff and Anne Belli Gesalman CBS insiders are increasingly worried that the credibility of the network's news division has been grievously damaged by anchor Dan Rather's persistent defense of a story which relied...
Back to the U.S.S.R.? Spreading Freedom Is a Bush Theme. but in Russia, Guess Who's Defending Democracy? the Communists
Byline: Michael Hirsh and Frank Brown Back in the United States, George W. Bush was delivering thumping speeches to ecstatic crowds about how "the world is becoming more free" thanks to his administration's policies. But in central Moscow last week,...
Brain Check; Scientists Are Mapping the Pathways That Link Emotion to Health. the Challenge for the Rest of Us Is to Put the Discoveries to Work
Byline: Herbert Benson, M.D., Julie Corliss and Geoffrey Cowley (Graphic by Josh Ulick Benson is the Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and founding president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute in...
Buddha Lessons; A Technique Called 'Mindfulness' Teaches How to Step Back from Pain and the Worries of Life
Byline: Claudia Kalb For decades, Dalia Isicoff has suffered the agony of rheumatoid arthritis--joint pain, spinal fusion, multiple hip surgeries. Painkillers dull the aches, but it wasn't until she took a course at the University of Maryland's...
Combination Therapy; Mind-Body Techniques May Not Cure Cancer, but They Make Living with It a Whole Lot Easier
Byline: Peg Tyre Mary Peterson stands in a conference room at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston with her arms stretched above her head. As her instructor intones directions, she visualizes energy pouring into her liver, leans against a...
Cops, Killers & Moles; the American Plan Is to Get Iraqis to Impose Order and Protect Civilians. but Insurgents Are Slaughtering Iraqi Police, and Attempts to Quickly Boost Police Numbers Mean the Force Now Has Thousands of Bad Apples. Some Are Known Criminals. Others May Be Spies and Saboteurs
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh (With Rod Nordland in Baghdad Graphic by Andrew Romano) At a police building in central Baghdad, portly officers chain-smoke and laugh at one another's jokes. The room is an Iraqi version of an American precinct station....
Cut Stress-Cut Sugar; Relaxation Exercises May Keep Diabetes in Check
Byline: Mary Carmichael Compared with other methods of managing diabetes--strict diets, insulin injections, vigilant blood-sugar monitoring--Richard Surwit's technique seems too easy to be true. It doesn't involve pills or shots. It doesn't technically...
Digestion: Soothing a Sensitive Gut
Byline: Kathleen Cahill Allison and Lawrence S. Friedman, M.D. (Adapted from "The Sensitive Gut," a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. For more information go to health.harvard.edu/NEWSWEEK.) It's probably happened to you. You're...
Fame and Misfortune; as His 11th Volume Arrives, Kids' Author Lemony Snicket Takes on NEWSWEEK's Malcolm Jones and Makes Lemonade
Byline: Malcolm Jones You might feel sorrier for the orphaned Baudelaire siblings--Violet, Klaus and Sunny--if only they weren't so popular. But to date the 10 volumes of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler,...
For a Happy Heart; Depression, Loneliness and Anger All Take a Toll on Your Cardiac Health. New Research Shows What Can Help
Byline: Anne Underwood The Japanese have a word for it--karoshi, or "death by overwork." But can stress on the job really do you in? Finnish researchers decided to find out. The years 1991 to 1993 in Finland were as bad as it generally gets economically,...
Forecast: Song Costs May Fall like Rain; Memo to Music Labels: Lowering Prices Will Get You More Sales
Byline: Steven Levy As residents of the Gulf Coast were reminded last week, there's no turning away nature. You can't pass a law that snuffs a hurricane at the border. You can't sue it. You've got to understand it, and make the right plans to deal...
Forgive and Let Live; Revenge Is Sweet, but Letting Go of Anger at Those Who Wronged You Is a Smart Route to Good Health
Byline: Jordana Lewis and Jerry Adler Of all the extraordinary events in the life of John Paul II, few can compare with the 21 minutes he spent in a white-walled cell in Rome's Rebibia prison. Just after Christmas, 1983, the pope visited Mehmet...
Here's the Rub, Sony; Its Partners in the MGM Bid Want Tough New Terms
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts It was a bold, down-to-the-wire move that would do Agent 007 proud. At the last minute, Sony elbowed Time Warner aside to win the bidding last week for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio that owns the James Bond movies, for...
How Not to Win Muslim Allies; There Are Many in Europe Who Want to Keep Turkey out of the EU Because It Is Large, Poor and, Most Important, Because It Is Muslim
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Here's a quiz: over the past two years, which developing country has undertaken the most dramatic economic, political and social reforms in the world? Some hints: this country has deregulated its economy, simplified its tax...
How to Think about the Mind; Neuroscience Shows That the 'Soul' Is the Activity of the Brain
Byline: Steven Pinker (Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the psychology department at Harvard. His books include "How the Mind Works" and "The Blank Slate.") Every evening our eyes tell us that the sun sets, while we know that, in fact,...
Kerry's New Call to Arms; Battle Plan: Kerry Was to Spend the Fall on the Economy. Then Came a New Team of Advisers-And a Fresh Focus for the Homestretch
Byline: Richard Wolffe and Susannah Meadows (With Tamara Lipper and T. Trent Gegax Graphic by John D. Sparks) Sitting in his black-leather swivel chair, with his trusty world atlas beside him, John Kerry huddled with his aides in the executive-style...
Long Hair, Crew Cut: He's Still My Friend; It's Hard for Me to Reconcile the Matt I Knew with the Soldier He Has Become. but We're Working on It
Byline: Melissa Fletcher (Fletcher lives in Eagan, Minn.) How do you come to terms with a "liberal" friend's being called to fight? I remember getting the call from my friend Teo at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 to tell me that our mutual friend Matt was...
Media: He Can't Pay for a Cab
***** CORRECTION: In "He Can't Pay For A Cab" (Periscope, Sept. 27), NEWSWEEK wrote that columnist Daniel Pipes told Arab-American spokesman Hussein Ibish to "Shut up! Shut up!" on Alan Keyes's MSNBC show. Transcripts show that Pipes actually said,...
Menopause: Easing the Transition
Byline: Nancy Ferrari; Leslee Kagan, N.P.; Bruce Kessel, M.D., and Herbert Benson, M.D. (Adapted from "Mind Over Menopause: The Complete Mind/Body Approach to Coping With Menopause" <I>(Free Press. 2004).</I> For more information go to...
Newsmakers
Byline: Devin Gordon, Nicki Gostin, Jac Chebatoris Olsen Twins: Yes, We Want Fries With That Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen recently began their first semester at New York University, but they obviously haven't covered irony yet in freshman composition....
Pain and Mood: Depression Hurts
Byline: James Bakalar (Adapted from the Harvard Mental Health Letter. For more information go to health.harvard.edu/NEWSWEEK.) Every child knows that a scraped knee can bring tears as well as blood. Physical pain always has emotional overtones,...
Paramilitary Ops: A Shift to the Pentagon?
Byline: Mark Hosenball One intelligence-reform proposal by the 9/11 Commission that appears to be on a fast track to nowhere is a suggestion that responsibility for paramilitary operations be moved from the CIA to the Pentagon. The 9/11 Commission...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom: Associated Press, New York Times, The Washington Post (2), Reuters, Associated Press, Reuters, Ananova, Philadelphia Inquirer, Associated Press "Let them go naked for a while, at least the kids." ...
Puppet Power; in 'Team America: World Police,' the 'South Park' Boys Tackle the War on Terror. These Are Serious Times. This Is Not a Serious Movie
Byline: Sean Smith Here's a phrase you don't hear every day: explicit puppet sex. It's also something you may not see in "Team America: World Police." The first cut of the new movie from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone featured...
'Put This Nightmare Behind Me'
Byline: Charles Gasparino It's not the kind of thing people typically like to rush, but then again, Martha Stewart has been full of surprises lately. Last week she announced she wanted to go to jail immediately to serve her five-month sentence for...
Relaxation: Ways to Calm Your Mind
Byline: Herbert Benson, M.D., and Julie Corliss (For more information go to health.harvard.edu/NEWSWEEK.) Over the past three decades, scores of studies have confirmed the benefits of what we call the "relaxation response," a state of mental calm...
Stealth Missile; the Messenger: He's Still Smiling, but John Edwards Is Punching Hard. Is Kerry Watching?
Byline: Melinda Henneberger John Edwards never stops smiling as he bounds off the campaign bus, pumping his fist in the air and diving into the crowd with such abandon that an aide has to hold on to the back of his belt to keep him from falling...
SWING STATE WATCH; Can Kerry Turn the Corner?
***** CORRECTION: In the Sept. 27 "Swing State Watch" map ("Kerry's New Call to Arms"), Arizona should have been labeled Solid, not Leaning, Bush; California should have been Solid, not Leaning, Kerry. In the Counting Down box, 19 states and 152...
Technology: The Connected Classroom
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh After Komal Bains, 32, drops off her 4-year-old, Anoop, at kindergarten, she hurries home to a computer. But Bains isn't checking e-mail--she watches images from a Webcam that shows her daughter pledging allegiance in the...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Most hours of the working day, Anne Underwood can be found busily toiling away in her NEWSWEEK office, surrounded by Post-it notes and a half-eaten lunch. But every so often, she takes time out to calm herself by lighting...
The Serenity Workout; Regular Exercise Can Strengthen the Mind as Well as the Muscles, and Studies Show It Improves Mood, Too
Byline: Karen Springen It's now clear that emotions can affect our physical health, but what about the reverse? Can physical activity affect the health of our minds? Hippocrates thought so. He advised melancholy Greeks to get out and walk, and modern...
This Is Serious Fun; Can Videogames Equipped with Neurofeedback Help Kids Deal with Their Learning Disabilities?
Byline: N'Gai Croal A stitch in time saves nine. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And videogames will rot your brain. Conventional wisdom? Maybe, but psychologist Dominic Greco is determined to prove that at least one of those sayings is not...
War-Gaming the Mullahs; the U.S. Weighs the Price of a Pre-Emptive Strike
Byline: John Barry and Dan Ephron Unprepared as anyone is for a showdown with Iran, the threat seems to keep growing. Many defense experts in Israel, the United States and elsewhere believe that Tehran has been taking advantage of loopholes in the...
We All Need a Dose of the Doctor; the Healing Relationship between Patient and Physician Plays a Vital Role in Medical Care
Byline: Michael C. Miller, M.D. (Miller is editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter (health.harvard.edu).) You're the doctor. Your patient feels ill, but you don't have anything curative in your medicine bag. What do you do? That question...
Where Kerry Went Wrong; Kerry and Shrum Got It Backward. If They'd Sliced Up Bush This Summer, They Could Have Used the Debates to Seem Presidential
Byline: Jonathan Alter After Labor Day, the political calendar goes into a time warp. Everything speeds up. With voters finally starting to pay attention, a week is about the equivalent of a normal month in political time. In late October the intensity...