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. 12, March 23

A Battle over the Holocaust: Scholars Attack 'Hitler's Willing Executioners.'(Brief Article)
Scholars attack `Hitler's Willing Executioners' It's a rare Ph.D. thesis that breaks away from campus and ends up on the best-seller list, footnotes intact, but Daniel Goldhagen's did exactly that. Two years ago his Harvard dissertation, "Hitler's...
A Stepfather Accused
Leftist icon Daniel Ortega faces an ugly charge Sorbid rumors had been circulating in Managua for years, but few people believed them, and nobody mentioned them in public, for they concerned a man with an almost mythic hold on the Nicaraguan imagination:...
A Tower in Jeopardy: Pisa's Landmark Was a German Observation Post in WWII. It Nearly Became 'history.'(American Troops Discussed the Possibility of Destroying the Leaning Tower of Pisa Because It Was an Enemy Observation Post in World War II)(Brief Article)
The coming of spring, after an El Nino winter of tornadoes, torrential rams and other heavenly messengers, makes me think of vacation time in familiar, faraway places that are still standing after hundreds, maybe thousands of years. I usually like...
Bay of Pigs Redux
Exclusive: How the CIA's secret war in Iraq turned into utter fiasco. In the long and checkered history of the CIA's attempts to overthrow foreign governments, there is almost always a character like "Bob." Usually known only by their code names,...
Beyond the Year 2000 Bug: A New Wave of Lawsuits
A vegetable stand may seem an unlikely harbinger, but the owners of Produce Palace in Warren, Mich., are pioneers of a sort. Their computer system--scales, bar-code scanners, cash registers--tends to go rotten, they say, when a customer presents a...
Cabaret
Among the nominees for the Making Life Difficult for Yourself Award, it's hard to beat actress Natasha Richardson. As a teenager she went into the family business, which meant dodging the shadow of Vanessa Redgrave (her mother), director Tony Richardson...
Death to Middlemen
Forget the hype. The proposed combination of the Amex and Nasdaq is about cutting costs. If we treated business-war casualties the same way we treat the casualties of shooting wars, someone would be out there building the Tomb of the Unknown Middleman....
From Shaft to Chef
Isaac Hayes, the hot-buttered voice of Chef, began his career as a songwriter and producer at Stax Records, crafting '60s hits like Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and Carla Thomas's "B-A-B-Y." In the superfly '70s, he became Black Moses, a bald sex bomb...
Kicking Away Your Freedom: If You See Yourself Only as a Representative of Some Category, Your Leaders Will So Treat You
If you see yourself only as a representative of some category, your leaders will so treat you The 1960s civil rights legislation and court rulings were meant to end official segregation and discourage discrimination against individuals on the basis...
Lawering in the Limelight: Ginsburg Is a Great Actor - but Is There a Strategy Behind His Performance? the Life of an L.A. Lawyer
Ginsburg is a great actor--But is there a strategy behind his performance? The life of an L.A. lawyer. There were no cameras around and the courtly confidence, so familiar to anyone who has seen William Ginsburg perform on "Larry King Live" or "Geraldo,"...
Meanwhile, Back at HQ
`South Park' is a hit, but Comedy Central can't be a one-joke wonder. Will it stay on the laugh track? Here's a dirty little secret: Doug Herzog can't tell a joke. "I really am bad," he says. There's nothing wrong with that, necessarily--except that...
Never Mind!
For a day, it looked like we could all be toast as an asteroid hurled through space. Then astronomers double-checked their figures. When astronomer Eleanor Helin got the word, last December, that an asteroid just discovered by her friendly rivals...
No Adult Supervision: Should Starr Be Moonlighting and Making Money While Probing the President?
Should Starr be moonlighting and making money while probing the president? Inside Arthur T. Vanderbilt Hall, a small group of New York University Law School students is hashing out a complex hypothetical case. The topic: executive privilege. The...
Primary Colors
Mike Nichols's `Primary Colors' isn't a vulgar take on today's headlines--it's complex, funny and sad There are moments, watching Primary Colors, when you squirm with a discomfort movies don't usually produce--an embarrassment that feels almost Oedipal....
Remembering a Southern Rogue: Jim McDougal, the Mercurial Arkansan Who Gave Us Whitewater, Dies in Prison. but Will He Still Haunt the Clintons?
Jim McDougal, the mercurial Arkansan who gave us Whitewater, dies in prison. But will he still haunt the Clintons? Irascible and Charming, Jim McDougal was a manic-depressive full of contradictions. While working with him on his memoirs, I discovered...
Scenes from a Marriage: Louise Erdrich's New Novel - and Her Life
Louise Erdrich's new novel--and her life Just looking at her as she sits in a deli in Minneapolis, you'd never suspect this woman is one of the most celebrated writers of her generation--or that she's been through hell in the past year. Louise Erdrich...
Separate and Unequal?
A study finds no evidence that all-female classes are better, but some girls are happy on their own The young women's leadership school in East Harlem is not a typical inner-city school. The 163 students are all girls in grades seven to nine who've...
Tale of an Iraqi Turncoat: He Thought U.S. Jets Would Shatter Saddam's Offensive. Instead, the CIA Gave Him a New Life in Boston
He thought U.S. jets would shatter Saddam's offensive. Instead, the CIA gave him a new life in Boston. Saadi's life as a soldier began in 1985, when he was conscripted into Saddam Hussein's Army to fight Iran. A sister-in-law told him he was going...
The Man in the Iron Mask
DiCaprio keeps a straight face in an old-fashioned `Iron Mask' Thanks to Titanic, which has made Leonardo DiCaprio at this moment the hottest actor in the universe, The Man in the Iron Mask--which offers up two DiCaprios for the price of one--will...
'There Are No Curtains on the Oval Office.'(excerpts from a Sworn Deposition by President Clinton regarding the Alleged Relationships with Monica Lewinski, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey)(Transcript)
The 700-page document blizzard from Paula Jones's lawyers last week was intended to persuade a federal judge to let her case go to trial. It includes the president's sworn deposition and lurid details about Clinton's alleged trysts--charges he emphatically...
The Red Star Is Rising: U.S.-China Relations, Once Troubled, Are on a Roll
U.S.-China relations, once troubled, are on a roll For U.S. Policymakers, trying to contain Asia's economic crisis has often been like shouting into the wind. They've had much advice, and few listeners. Indonesia's President Suharto is seen in Washington...
The Rude Tube
A twisted little underground cartoon is now a pop-cult obsession. But does the world really need a Mr. Hankey chocolate bar? Visitors to the Los Angeles headquarters of the cult cable hit "South Park" sit on an absurdly low, turquoise velour sofa...
Watch Those Fees: Mutual-Fund Competition Is Up - and So Are the Costs
Pssst ... want to make money in the market? Get a job on Wall Street. Because while the 1990s bull has been kind to investors, it's been very, very kind to those making money off investors. In 1997 the brokerage industry logged a 20 percent increase...
What Made Linda Do It?
EXCLUSIVE: Linda Tripp is the mystery woman at the center of the Lewinsky scandal, an Obscure bureaucrat who taped Monica--and turned her in. Why did she do it? An inside look at what drove her to the Feds. It was late on the afternoon of Wednesday,...
Willey and the Mogul: As She Goes Public, New Questions about an Alleged Move to Sway an Accuser's Story
As she goes public, new questions about an alleged move to sway an accuser's story. BY MICHAEL ISIKOFF Nathan Landow insists he's done nothing wrong. For weeks the Democratic fund-raiser's name has been swirling about Kenneth Starr's probe. At issue:...