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. 24, December 15

A Matter of Faith
Driving home from Thanksgiving dinner in New London, Conn., to Spencertown, N.Y., the Kirsch family talked about the tree. They've had one every Christmas since Claudia Ricci and Richard Kirsch got married in 1978--even though a rabbi helped marry...
America in the Balance: PolyGram Is a Global Giant in Music and Movies. but It's Having a Harder Time in the U.S. Market
PolyGram is a global giant in music and movies. But it's having a harder time in the U.S. market. DAY TWO OF THE NOVEMBER TRIAL brought promising news. On a pay phone just outside a federal courtroom in New York, lawyers for PolyGram called Alain...
An African Big Man in Trouble: Six Months on, Laurent Kabila's Congo Is Mired in Graft - and He Has Double-Crossed His Neighbors
Six months on, Laurent Kabila's Congo is mired in graff and he has double-crossed his neighbors IT IS TRULY A FLOATING PALACE. Aboard the yacht Kamanyola, President Mobutu Sese Seko had everything he needed to run the sprawling country he named...
A New Ager's Last Call: Jerry Brown Wants to Run Oakland. but What Does Saving the Globe Have to Do with Saving a City?
Jerry Brown wants to run Oakland. But what does saving the globe have to do with saving a city? SO IT'S COME TO THIS. JERRY BROWN, three-time presidential candidate, is hunched over in a corner of Oakland's city hall, furiously trying to add up...
Breast Men
An HBO movie tames the savage breast implant LIKE MANY OTHER ACTORS, John Stockwell yearned to leave his B-list career behind him and create. So he went to HBO with an idea he pitched as "a sort of 'Tucker' with breasts," which he would research and...
Burned out and Bored: Our Fast-Paced Lives Lead Kids to Seek Ever-Bigger Thrills with Ever-Decreasing Satisfaction
Our fast-paced lives lead kids to seek ever-bigger thrills with ever-decreasing satisfaction EACH SUMMER, NO MATTER HOW PRESSING MY WORK schedule, I take off one day exclusively for my son. We call it dad-son day. This year our third stop was the...
Getting Away with It: Ira Einhorn - Guru, '60S Celebrity and Convicted Murderer - Has Been on the Lam for Years. Now the French Say He Doesn't Have to Face Justice
Ira Einhorn--guru, '60s celebrity and convicted murderer has been on the lam for years. Now the French say he doesn't have to face justice. MEG MADDUX WAKEMAN can tell you the exact time the phone rang on Friday with the news she dreaded most: 3:52...
Going Toe to Toe with Bill: The Conservative Who Sparred with Clinton over Race on What She Didn't Get a Chance to Say about Affirmative Action
The conservative who sparred with Clinton over race on what she didn't get a chance to say about affirmative action. IT WAS NOT A ROUTINE DAY FOR ME. I AM A SCHOLAR AND A writer; I spend most of my time working at my desk. But last Wednesday I found...
Harpooning a Comet - and Other New Space Probes
BEVERLY ST. Ange has built stealth bombers and assembled calculators for Texas Instruments. But today, in a cavernous room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., her fingers are twisting wires inside the shell of a spacecraft called...
Hoop Nightmare
When a basketball star choked and tried to punch his coach, it highlighted a growing culture clash in the NBA. Are the game's bad boys, old-guard coaches or the hype-hungry endorsement industry to blame? IN PRO SPORTS UGLY USUALLY begets uglier....
Keep 'Em Screaming
Wes Craven discusses his career in fear WES CRAVEN'S PARENTS WERE FUNDAMENTALIST Baptists who told him that movies were tools of the Devil, though possibly they didn't intend that as career advice. Now, after 25 years in horror, even the director's...
Licensed to Shill: The New Bond Flick Is an Ad Extravaganza
The new Bond flick is an ad extravaganza THE TV COMMERCIAL IS AN INSTANT attention grabber. Pierce Brosnan, playing Agent007, strides down a futurstic corridor toward the inner sanctum of the British secret service. The familiar James Bond theme...
Living Room Crusaders: She Converted and Now Wants to Be a Rabbi. He's a Jew Who Wants to Sleep Late on Saturdays
She converted and now wants to be a rabbi. He's a Jew who wants to sleep late on Saturdays. I CAN'T SAY I WASN'T WARNED. FOR CENTURIES THE Jewish sages have been admonishing their young men not to marry outside the faith. But I've never paid much...
Lone Ranger at the IRS: New Commissioner Rossotti Is Making His Mark
New Commissioner Rossotti is making his mark IMAGINE TAKING OVER AS skipper of the Exxon Valdez-just as it's about to run aground. For Charles O. Rossotti, running the Internal Revenue Service has been a little like that. The former management-systems...
Miss America, AIDS Warrior
Kate Shindle breaks the golden beauty-queen mold WHEN IT'S YOUR JOB to travel around the country with a rhinestone tiara in one hand and safer-sex lecture in the other, there's no such thing as an easy day at the office. But when Kate Shindle decamped...
Potholes on the Road Ahead: Al Gore Should Be Upbeat - Be He's Not. Why the Angst?
Al Gore should be upbeat but he's not. Why the angst? Dr. HOWARD DEAN IS NOT THE kind of guy you'd think could get a rise out of Al Gore. An internist, he's the Democratic governor of Vermont--a state with one Socialist congressman, two ice-cream...
Rough Waters
'Titanic'--an epic romance--is the most costly movie of all time. The shoot was torture. Is director James Cameron a megalomaniac, a genius or both? IT'S UNFORTUNATE, BUT IT CAN'T BE helped: to talk about "Titanic" is to talk about money. There...
Subtracting the New Math: California Chooses a Back-to-Basics Approach
California chooses a back-to-basics approach RITA BENNETT UNDERSTANDS that teaching math to her second graders these days adds up to a whole lot more than 2 + 2 = 4. On one recent morning she presented the following problem to her Simi Valley,...
The Case against Winnie: 'Miami' Is Accuses of Conducting a Reign of Terror
'Mami' is accused of conducting a reign of terror RETIRED ARCHBISHOP DESMOND Tutu has known the Mandela family since the worst days of the apartheid era. So when Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the divorced wife of President Nelson Mandela, appeared...
The Colin Powell Test: His Example Shows Precisely Why Affirmative Action Is Not Just a 'Yes or No' Issue
His example shows precisely why affirmative action is not just a 'yes or no' issue THE NATIONAL ARGUMENT OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION needs both more candor and less. It needs more candor as to what in practicality we are talking about, that is, what...
The Diary of Anne Frank
Natalie Portman goes to Broadway as Anne Frank, the most famous voice of the Holocaust SITTING ACROSS FROM Natalie Portman can be a disconcerting experience. How often do you meet perfection? And Portman's 16-year-old face is perfect. She's already...
Tragedy in a Small Place
It was just another Monday. Then a gawky kid with a mysterious grudge opened fire on his classmates at prayer, leaving a town wondering why. "THE BASKETBALL DIARIES" MAY not have been 14-year-old Michael Carneal's favorite movie. But one scene in...