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. 129, No. 13, March 31

Achieving the Zone: I've Found That to Excel at Being a Couch Potato There Are Certain Basic Rules You Must Follow
THERE YOU GO AGAIN. YOUR HEAD BEGINS TO NOD; YOUR whole body sags. "What a catch! screams the announcer. "He turns it into a game-saving unassisted triple play. The crowd is going crazy!" But you didn't see the second baseman soar through the air...
A Lonely Death in Texas
Pressures at the top drive a new CEO to suicide WHEN JOHN E. CURTIS JR. missed his 7 a.m. flight from San Antonio, Texas, to Phoenix, Ariz., on March 18, colleagues on the same trip had a ready explanation. Curtis, 49, was such a dedicated leader...
A Shadowy Scandal
It wasn't just the Lincoln Bedroom. The cash-hungry Democrats may have peddled access to the National Security Council--and used the CIA to help. ROGER TAMRAZ WAS A MAN WITH a plan--and all he needed was a nod from the president of the United States....
A Summit, but Not of Equals
Deals were cut. But Helsinki made it clear that Russia is sorely lacking in global diplomatic clout. FOR A WHILE IT LOOKED AS IF WASHINGTON AND MOSCOW were intent on throwing a fun-bore cold-war retrospective in Helsinki last week. The Russians...
Blue-Collar Gourmet
Emeril Lagasse's cooking shows rule the range EMERIL LAGASSE DOESN'T EVEN TRY to make Ms name sound French. He pronounces it La-GASSY. On "Emeril Live," his daily program on the TV Food Network, the 39-year-old restaurateur exudes regular-American...
Halting Airbag Death: 'Smart' Sensors Could Save Lives - but How Soon?
FIVE YEARS AGO ENGINEER TONY Corrado was busy designing smart bombs for the military. Then he heard the first reports of how the explosive power o! car airbags was causing injuries and death. As he read up on the problem, he felt certain that technology...
Is God Listening?
MIMI RUMPP STOPPED PRAYING FOR a winning lottery ticket years ago. With a husband, two kids and a full-time job, she didn't have time for trivial pursuits. But after a doctor told her sister Mild last year that she needed a kidney transplant, the family...
Making Something out of Nothing
DISNEYLAND used to have a ride called Adventures Thru Inner Space. It simulated a trip down through magnitudes of scale to a microverse filled with what looked like glowing Mickey Mouse heads. They were supposed to be water molecules, two hydrogen...
New York State of Mind
Alternative divas Luscious Jackson break out THE GIRLS IN LUSCIOUS JACKSON ARE not giving it up. On a dreary, chilly Saturday in New York City, bassist Jill Cunniff, guitarist Gabby Glaser, drummer Kate Schellenbach and keyboardist Vivian Trimble...
One Heck of a Whupping: The Wall Street Journal Hit with a Huge Libel Award
The Wall Street Journal hit with huge libel award THE STORY IN THE OCT. 21, 1993, WALL Street Journal appeared to be as dry as they come: something about a securities firm and regulators. Surely this was just another beat m the esoteric world of...
The Democrats' Charity Shuffle
THE PITCH WAS HARD TO RESIST. LAST FALL a Democratic National Committee official called Michael St. Martin, a Louisiana trial lawyer and big party donor, with a swell idea: there was a way St. Martin could help the Clinton campaign and get a nice tax...
The Devil's Own
UNDER THE ALIAS RORY DEVANEY, IRA terrorist Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) finds himself in New York hiding "in plain sight" with the family of cop Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), who has no idea the charming Irish lad camped out in his basement is on a...
The Horror, the Horror: With a Final Spasm of Violence, Mobutu's Corrupt Regime Lurches toward a Chaotic Collapse
ON A SWELTERING AFTERNOON IN eastern Zaire, Mukunda Bajunga watched his father die. A column of six trucks drove into his village, Bayanguna, 15 miles from the city of Kisangani. Three white men and half a dozen black soldiers got out of the trucks,...
The Kids Know Cool: Upstart Entrepreneurs Now Dictate Fashion, but Corporate America Is Muscling in on Hip
IN 1990 RICK KLOTZ WAS JUST ANOTHer cool West Hollywood twenty-something, spending his free time skateboarding and listening to hip-hop music at clubs. Then he got a cool idea: suppose he jazzed up the sort of clothes he wore on his skateboard so people...
The Last Dutch Master
WILLEM DE KOONING CALLED CALLED HIMSELF A "SLIPPING glimpser" because his pictures were never totally abstract. Early last Wednesday morning, he slipped from life at the age of 92. De Kooning had suffered from Alzheimer's disease since the early 1980s....
The Loophole King: How Disney Will Duck Taxes on Big Paper Profits
TO MOST PEOPLE, WALT DISNEY CO. summons up nothing but warm fuzzies. Who can harbor unkind thoughts about the company that brought us Mickey Mouse and Snow White and Cinderella, not to mention Disneyland and Disney World? But to us business voyeur...
The P.M.'S First Bomb: Netanyahu Blames Arafat for a Bloody Blast
THE YOUNG MAN LOOKED NERVOUS as he wove through the tables on the sun-splashed patio of a restaurant in the heart of Tel Aviv. He asked a waitress for a menu. Then, moments later, he detonated the bomb that killed him and three Israeli women and wounded...
The Portrait of a Hustler; Inside Johnny Chung's Mad Scramble to the Top
Inside Johnny Chung's mad scramble to the top JOHNNY CHUNG LIKED TO TELL FRIENDS HOW HE WON HILLARY CLINTON'S HEART. It was March 1998, and the nearly penniless fax-software salesman was convinced an Oval Office picture of himself with the new president...
The Root of the Problem: A Former Insider on How Ron Brown's Dealmaking Culture May Be at the Bottom of the Money Mess
A former insider on how Ron Brown's dealmaking culture may be at the bottom of the money mess BY WASHINGTON standards, the Department of Commerce was a sexy place to be in the first Clinton term. Long a sleepy agency with little clout, Commerce...
The Sultan of Smut? A Former Miss USA Alleges That the Billionaire Head of Brunei Kidnapped Her for Sex Games
SHANNON MARKETIC FLEW TO BRUNEI last year to do some promotional" work for the sultan. She'd done a lot of that kind of thing--inspirational speeches, ribbon cuttings--since being crowned Miss USA from California in 1992. But when she and six other...
Tory Boors
A politically incorrect dinner party is the latest embarrassment for an unpopular prime minister facing an election BE UN-BRITISH!" CHALLENGED the newspaper ad. "Granada TV wants to film friends who dare to speak their minds at dinner." The ,result...
Turning a New Leaf: Ligget Breaks Ranks with 'Big Tobacco.'(Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company Inc.)
Liggett breaks ranks with 'Big Tobacco' WHEN ONE GUY IN A CASE FINALLY squeals, it s champagne time in the prosecutor's camp and ulcer time for the defense. Sure enough, tobacco opponents broke out in cheers and press briefings last week, when Liggett...
Unbeliever's Quest
A man of science, Carl Sagan didn't want prayers; he wanted proof. He died still waiting for evidence. CARL SAGAN, THE FAMOUS SCIENTIST and author, never asked for anyone to pray for him, although in his final illness many people did anyway. For...
Welfare's Labor Pains: Old-Style Union Organizers Battle over 'Workfare.' (Jon Kest and ACORN Advocacy Group Are Campaigning to Unionize Welfare Recipients to Get Them Permanent Government jobs)(Brief Article)
JON KEST IS SICK AND tired of hearing about "the end of welfare as we know it." As the veteran liberal activist sees it, the politicians who talk about instilling the poor with the work ethic have it all wrong. "The reason people are on welfare," he...
Wheelchair Diplomacy
HERE HAVE BEEN MORE SCENIC meetings. In their tete-a-tete in Vancouver, for instance, Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton did their talking amid towering evergreens. This time the Finnish winter was dark, unsettling. Perhaps, though, the gloom outside focused...
White Storm Warning
In Fargo and the prairie states, speed kills IT'S BEEN A RECORD WINTER FOR snowfall in Fargo, N.D. As spring settles in, the Red River is certain to swell, threatening the tidy homes and industrial shops that line its banks. But folks here win tell...