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. 151, No. 21, May 26

A Look Back at the Battle of 2000
JAMES BAKER III, BUSH'S Top Recount Strategist I THINK they were a bit inaccurate in the way they portrayed me and Warren Christopher. I don't think I was as Machiavellian as the movie made me out to be, nor was Christopher as wimpish, either. A...
A Marvelous Object Maker
Byline: As told to Jennie Yabroff ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, 81, Artist In a legendary 1953 stunt, Robert Rauschenberg painstakingly erased a Willem de Kooning drawing. But the modern master, who died last week at his home in Captiva, Fla., will be...
An Upside to the Relief Effort
They line the roads running south from Burma's former capital, Rangoon. Aid organizations call them "separated children" because so many don't know if their parents are alive or dead. They're waiting for food, water and other essentials, delivered...
A Quilt of Lost Memories
Byline: Tammy Dominski; Dominski Lives In Sanford, N.C. While my Army husband is off fighting a war, I fight an everyday battle against loneliness. I looked into the half-forgotten box I'd pulled from a dusty shelf. In it lay various sizes of...
Are Kidneys A Commodity?
Byline: Jerry Adler Lloyd Cohen thinks people should have the right to buy or sell organs, and idea reviled by docs. As of last Wednesday at 5:44 p.m., according to the minute-by-minute count on the Web site of the United Network for Organ Sharing,...
Bush vs. Gore, Take 2
Byline: Joshua Alston The chad still takes center stage in HBO's 'Recount.' But the movie's real star isn't nearly so unassuming. Did George W. Bush steal the 2000 presidential election? The answer almost certainly depends on your political orientation....
China's Tears
Byline: Mary Hennock and Melinda Liu; With Jonathan Ansfield in Beijing The Sichuan earthquake could change the way Chinese see their leaders. Hu Rong, 43, watches emergency crews erect a mile-long tent city along Happiness Avenue. Since a magnitude...
Gitmo Grievances
Byline: Dan Ephron; With Daniel Stone Assigned to try detainees in the War on Terror, three former Guantanamo prosecutors now say the military-commission system is badly damaged. You might think that the case against Mohammed Al-Qahtani would...
Harrison Ford-Who Needs Him?
Byline: David A. Kaplan It's been almost two decades since the last 'Indiana Jones' film. But I've been waiting even longer for Karen Allen. I can't wait for the return of "Indiana Jones" this week. I've been looking forward to this installment...
Hello There, Ladies
Byline: Suzanne Smalley And Richard Wolffe; With Holly Bailey Obama and McCain are vying for the support of Hillary's female supporters. Who's the man? It was supposed to be a thank you party for Hillary Clinton's most loyal Washington supporters,...
His Better 'Last Lecture'
Byline: Daniel McGinn When it comes to goofing off, there are few Web sites that offer the rich resources of YouTube. Since last fall millions of people have visited the site to watch "The Last Lecture," terminally ill Carnegie Mellon professor...
Hizbullah Awaits the Next Round
Byline: Kevin Peraino Even as Hizbullah leaders cut a deal to remove their troops from Beirut's streets last week, the Islamist group's on-the-ground commanders were quietly making plans to consolidate their military gains. "Our units are still...
How Many Friends Is Too Many?
Byline: Steven Levy One MySpace exec has even surprised himself by friending a potato. This particular russet has 2,965 friends. The songwriter Buzzy Linhart once said, "you've got to have friends." indisputable. But 5,000 friends? Questionable....
How Our Unconscious Votes
Byline: Sharon Begley Key predictions of political psychology have held up pretty well on the campaign trail. Give the democrats of West Virginia points for honesty. As Hillary Clinton romped to a landslide of 67 to 26 percent over Barack Obama...
Late Night with Jimmy
Byline: Brian Braiker Last Week NBC Announced--as if we didn't know already--that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O'Brien as host of "Late Night" when O'Brien kicks Jay Leno out of "The Tonight Show" next year. Fallon spoke to Brian Braiker: ...
Letters
Back Talk: No U.S. Decline, as Other Countries Boom "The Post-American World": Responses to Fareed Zakaria's book excerpt were heartening. One reader said, "Relax, we are not sinking, everyone else is rising. We shouldn't take that as a threat."...
Lights, Camera, 'Question Time'!
Byline: Jonathan Alter What if West Virginia had come earlier? What if Florida had kept its primary on Super Tuesday? In their recent book about tough decisions, "Hard Call," John McCain and his coauthor and top aide, Mark Salter, devote a memorable...
McCain vs. Lobbyists
Byline: Michael Isikoff Stung by the news that two aides once lobbied for the Burmese junta, John McCain last week rolled out a sweeping new conflict-of-interest policy for his campaign, requiring all staffers to fill out questionnaires identifying...
Perspectives
"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along." President George W. Bush, in a speech to the Israeli Knesset, offering what most observers...
Small Schools Rising
Byline: Jay Mathews; With Lorraine Ali, Gina Pace, Dan Brillman and Peg Tyre This year's list of the top 100 high schools shows that today, those with fewer students are flourishing. Fifty years ago, they were the latest thing in educational...
Technically, I Was Dead
Byline: Kimberly Dozier A reporter, wounded in Iraq, fights to keep people from looking away. It's hard to shake the whole "I almost died" thing. Put another way, many very well-meaning people will not let me leave it behind--in grocery stores,...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham As opening sentences go, the one Mary Carmichael wrote for this week's cover is one of the more chilling I can remember: "Max Blake was 7 the first time he tried to kill himself." Thus begins Mary's account of the Blake family's...
The End of Entitlement
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Economic life has simultaneously become more prosperous and more precarious. People feel vulnerable even when they have good jobs. We middle-class Americans are in a funk. "The overarching economic narrative of the...
The Highest Road
Byline: Anna Quindlen It can still be a victory lap even if you don't win. Hillary Clinton should be thinking about her legacy, and how best to use it. On his last night as president of the United States, Bill Clinton issued a pardon for a man...
The New Dream Isn't American
Immigrants are deterred by the ailing economy and tougher border controls. Until recently, Salvador Luna, A 41-year-old toy vendor in Mexico City, had planned to join his two sisters in New York City, where they work illegally as maids. "But they're...
Throw It All on the Grill
Byline: Julia Reed A national pastime became a far more sophisticated national obsession. When I was growing up, grilling meant three things: my grandfather Lyman was hosting one of his rib nights, a very messy production that drove my grandmother...
Try Freeloading off Friends!
Byline: Linda Stern Amy and Adam Geurden of Hollandtown, Wis., had planned a long summer of short, fun getaways with their kids, Eric, 6, Holly, 3, and Jake, 2. In the works were water-park visits, roller-coaster rides, hiking adventures and a whirlwind...
Welcome to Max's World
Byline: Mary Carmichael Bipolar disorder is a mystery and a subject of medical debate. But for the Blakes, it's just reality. Max Blake was 7 the first time he tried to kill himself. He wrote a four-page will bequeathing his toys to his friends...
Who's the Real Appeaser?
Byline: Fareed Zakaria This administration's few successes have come when it's agreed to engage with adversaries. President Bush chose an odd place and time to claim that talking to "terrorists and radicals" in the Middle East is like appeasing...