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. 131, No. 21, May 25

A Gene for Genius?
`Smart DNA' could explain how IQ is inherited IN THE ANGRY DEBATE over how much of IQ comes from the genes that children inherit from parents and how much comes from experiences, one little fact gets overlooked: no one has identified any genes (other...
A Lizard Leaps from Tokyo to Hollywood
DID SOMEBODY SAY NUCLEar testing? Here comes a legendary mutant swimming toward Manhattan, just looking for a seafood dinner and some- where to start a family. Godzilla, brought to you by the makers of "Independence Day," will open this week, likely...
A Man and His Cufflinks
The Style: Frank Sinatra had opinions on everything-clothing, drinking, swinging. Now a lost generation looks to the Chairman for wisdom on how to live and love like a man. WHAT KICKED OFF the last Frank Sinatra revival of his life- time? Bono's 1993...
A Sinatra Sampler
FROM THE `405 TO the `90s, Frank Sinatra recorded more than 2,000 tracks -torch songs and art songs, pop tunes and show tunes, in concert and in the studio. Certain songs he went at again and again, as his tastes, his moods and his voice changed with...
A Strange Brew
With MELINDA LIU MICHAEL HIRSH and DANIEL KLAIDMAN Is the high-powered daughter of a high-ranking general a link between Beijing and the Democrats? ON JULY 19, 1996, LIU CHAOying, a Chinese aerospace executive, arrived at the Los Angeles home of financier...
A View from Mount Ritter
O'CONNOR, 18, is a senior at Lee High School in Staunton, Va. Two weeks in the Sierras changed my attitude toward life and what it takes to succeed I HATE THIS," I THOUGHT. WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO THE top of Mount Ritter in northeastern California. You...
Candy and Coffee Are the New Health Foods? We Wish
CANDY MAY SEEM LIKE AN odd health-food candidate --but not to the makers of vegetable-laced Yummi Bears. Hero Nutritional Products puts concentrates ofbroccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, papayas and...
Driving the Web Engines
Search: Inktomi, the brain behind the Net's best search sites, scores a major deal. THE FOLKS AT YAHOO!, Excite and Lycos don't want you to notice the mechanics of their Web-search software. They want to be user-friendly media companies. "Technology"...
'Explosion of Self-Esteem'
With TONY CLIFTON and SUDIP MAZUMDAR in New Delhi. STEVE LEVINE in Islamabad. JOHN BARRY in Washington and GEORGE WEHRFRITZ in Beijing India's nukes may set off a dangerous arms race, but they aren't much use militarily. What Indians really want is...
From Here to Hollywood
The Movies: For a man who was at heart a singer, 57 films is a lot of moonlighting. A peek at some of the peaks (and valleys) of Sinatra's other successful career. IF YOU WANT A SHOCK, check out Sinatra in "Anchors Aweigh." Made in 1945, it was the...
Ground Zero
India's blasts dramatize the new nuclear age. How did the CIA miss them? And what's to do now? With GREGORY VISTIGA in Washington STEVE LEVINE in Islamabad, KAREN BRESLAU in Birmingham and STRYKER MCGUIRE in London PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AMERICA'S SPY satellites...
If You Really Want to Worry, Think Loose Nukes
The arsenals of the former Soviet Union are for sale- no matter how dangerous the buyer. With MELINDA LIU, CHRISTOPHER DICKEY and GEORGE WEHRFRITZ THE BLACK SEA CITY OF Sukhumi is the capital of what has come to be known as the breakaway region of...
Indonesia in Flames
With MELINDA LIU in Washington Mobs are looting and burning the capital. The military's loyalties aren't clear. Are these the last days of a dictator? HIS JET SET DOWN AT FIRST light. Indonesian President Suharto would have clearly seen the columns...
One for the Road
The Man: Newsweek asked SHIRLEY MACLAINE if she would write about the friend she knew so well. She did. Here's her open letter to Frank. DEAR BEDEVILING POET OF SONG: MY HEART AND SPIRIT are troubled when I think of what you must have gone through at...
Send in the Fanatics
Who needs a hit? Sondheim's got a cult. EVERY MARCH 22, BONNIE WEISS throws a birthday party for Stephen Sondheim. They don't really know other: Weiss, 45, is a writer in San Francisco and Sondheim is the musical theater's most important composer and...
Still in the Line of Fire
Should Secret Service agents testify? They say no. Starr says yes--and key facts may hang in the balance. FOR WEEKS NOW, IT'S been Starr versus the Secret Service. Publicly, the Clinton administration and the independent counsel have battled bitterly...
Surfers, Step Right Up!
Web Barkers: Silicon Valley upstart Yahoo! is No. 1 in drawing surfers to its cyberspace gateway But showtime is just beginning. BUSINESS-SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS OF THE 21st century will undoubtedly include a 1994 conversation that occurred in a Palo Alto,...
The Final Curtain
The Memories: He was a singer's singer, a guys' guy, a ladies' man, a rascal, a flirt. It was his world-everybody else just tried to get a table near the stage. Friends and fans remember. I met him on the third night of the tour. I didn't want to bother...
The Kid from Hoboken
The Life: Frank Sinatra was the strong, tender voice of the American Century. His death, it was said. would mark the end of our era. It happened last week. WHENEVER WANTED TOSAY goodbye. When Frank Sinatra retired from public view in 1995, a Hoboken...
The Man Who Loved Control
Behind the tangled tale of the Palm Beach fugitive who snatched his kids NO MATTER WHAT HE CALLED himself, he needed to be in charge. As Stephen Fagan, his former in-laws recall, he or- dered his second wife, Barbara Kurth, to say "I love you" into...
The Power and the Glitz
Politics: From Kennedy to Reagan, Sinatra was always in tune with the electoral times. JAN, 19, 1961. THE LAV-ish "gala" on the eve of John F. Kennedy's Inauguration is produced by the 43-year-old president-elect's friend Frank Sinatra. His song "High...
They'll Split It Their Way
The Estate: The kids and their stepmom don't always see eve to eye. WHEN HE DIED last week at 82, Frank Sinatra left behind a business portfolio that would be the envy of any chairman of the board. Beside the millions a year he earned in recording royalties,...
Washington Turns Tail
Prompted by Indonesia's descent into chaos, U.S. policymakers are rethinking open capital markets IT WAS ONE OF THOSE classic snapshots of the post-cold-war disorder -- a moment when, briefly, the real story comes into focus. As Indonesians rioted in...
'We Are a Nuclear Power'
India's new prime minister says his country was forced into conducting its five tests in the desert LAST FRIDAY, JUST days after India shook the world with five under- ground nuclear tests, a visibly relaxed Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee spoke...