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 May 2

A Fever's Deadly Path; the Worst Outbreak of Marburg Fever Isn't Reined in Yet
Byline: Jill Jordan Sieder and Arian Campo-Flores The woman lay dead last week in a small mud hut in rural Angola, a trickle of crusted blood snaking from her nostril. Nearby was a syringe she had used in a last hopeless attempt to cure herself...
A Flap over Foie Gras; Chefs-And Diners-Love the Fatty Duck Liver, but Animal-Rights Activists Are Crying Fowl at the Birds' Treatment
Byline: Jerry Adler and Tara Weingarten It was a delicacy among the Romans, and later the Jews, a substitute for the pig that helped their Christian neighbors survive the Middle Ages. To French food writer Charles Gerard, foie gras--the swollen...
A War without Winners; Angry Former Morgan Stanley Execs Are Battling to Oust CEO Phil Purcell. the Fight Carries a Big Cost
Byline: Charles Gasparino In January, hundreds of friends and colleagues of Richard Fisher gathered to remember the former Morgan Stanley CEO who helped bring together Morgan and Dean Witter in their historic 1997 merger. Fisher, who died from prostate...
Bolton's British Problem; Fresh Complaints of Bullying Dog an Embattled Nominee
Byline: Michael Hirsh (With Mark Hosenball, John Barry and Richard Wolffe in Washington) Colin Powell plainly didn't like what he was hearing. At a meeting in London in November 2003, his counterpart, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, was complaining...
Dine Now, Sign Later; Pushing 'Presell Tours,' Publishers Are Picking Up the Check for First Dates between Authors and Booksellers
Byline: Malcolm Jones Sitting in the Denver Airport one morning in January, waiting for a plane to take him to Los Angeles, Jim Fergus could have passed for a traveling salesman, right down to the carry-on and the frazzled look of a man who was...
Ecstasy: A Possible New Role for A Banned Club Drug
Byline: Eve Conant Imagine a homey hospital suite: skylights flood the room with sunlight; violins play softly from a CD player. A terminally ill cancer patient rests in a soft bed, but she is having trouble confronting the fears that come with...
Exclusive: He's an Indicted Fugitive. but Is He a Terrorist?
Byline: Steve Tuttle Unemployed and financially strained, Chris Hajaig lives in suburban Essex, England. He says he spends his days reading the paper and being a stay-at-home dad. He missed a PTA meeting last week, not because he was too busy--he...
Fund-Raising: Take It to the (West) Bank; Money Meant for the Inner City Went to Fight the Intifada. What Donors to Jack Abramoff's Charity Didn't Know
Byline: Michael Isikoff (With Dan Ephron in Jerusalem) The pitch from superlobbyist Jack Abramoff was hard to resist: a good way to get access on Capitol Hill, he told his clients a few years ago, was to contribute to a worthy charity he and his...
Gadgets and Gear
1. Stylus 500 Underwater Camera Olympus Paired with its $180 case, this camera shoots at depths of up to 130 feet, making it ideal for snorkelers, surfers and swimmers ($400; olympusamerica.com). 2. Eclipse 8099 Compass Brunton The gift for anyone...
In Search of the Real New Iraq; Jaafari Is Determined Not to Enflame the Sunnis. 'Ours Will Be a Civilized and Modern Agenda That Accommodates All Iraqis,' He Told Me
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) Most Americans know that Iraq will soon have its first elected government and that that's a big deal. But in the Middle East, this is seen as a historic and revolutionary moment...
Just a Little Longer; on the Verge of Power for the First Time in Centuries, Iraq's Shiites Are Holding Fire, Betting That Patience Will Pay Off
Byline: Rod Nordland (With Owen Matthews in Baghdad and Hassan Al-Jarrah in Najaf) Hussein Hashimi has a CD-ROM full of pictures of the dead. For the last two months, the young Shiite says, Sunni extremists rampaged through his hometown of Madaen....
L.A.'S Armenian Idols; Meet System of a Down, Hard Rock's Unlikely Poster Boys
Byline: Lorraine Ali The biggest coup in rock since Nirvana crept past Poison on the charts more than a decade ago is probably the mainstream success of System of a Down. Their name is weird; their lead vocalist, Serj Tankian, sings like Freddie...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Ramin Setoodeh,Sean Smith Q&A: Ray Romano After nine years, "everybody Loves Raymond" is going off the air. The final episode will show on May 16. Ray took time to speak to NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. Have you filmed...
One Polite Smoker Takes on the Zealots; I Know My Habit Is an Unhealthy One. but If I'm Obeying the Rules, It's None of Your Business
Byline: Judy Law (Law lives on Vashon Island, Wash.) In the '50s, my mother started smoking at the recommendation of her doctor. Cigarettes, he told her, would calm her nerves and cure constipation. My father picked up the habit in World War II....
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: CNN.com, Associated Press, Fox News, CNN.com, New York Times, Associated Press, German Television via AFP, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press "I was not part of 9/11....
Perspective: The Real Benedict; Far from a 'Rottweiler,' the New Pope Is a Mozart Man, a Listener with a Keen Mind and a Good Heart
Byline: George Weigel (Weigel is senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center and the author, most recently, of 'The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God.') Judging from the hysteria in some quarters...
Recapturing a Killer Flu Virus
Byline: Jill Jordan Sieder and Arian Campo-Flores It was an error with potentially devastating consequences. Last September, Meridian Bioscience, a medical company, began sending out more than 3,700 virus-test kits to labs throughout the United...
Separate, Not Equal at All; Most Orthodoxies Have Found a Way to Make Women Both Apart and Less, by Turning Them into near Occasions of Sin or Angels in the House
Byline: Anna Quindlen Here is where we begin: with Easter, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, with the visit by Mary Magdalene to the tomb in which Jesus is laid after the crucifixion. The body is gone, and she runs to find the apostles...
Spying: Giving out U.S. Names
Byline: Mark Hosenball The National Security Agency is not supposed to target Americans; when a U.S. citizen's name comes up in an NSA "intercept," the agency routinely minimizes dissemination of the info by masking the name before it distributes...
Statistics: Magic Number?
Byline: Mark Starr Baseball's first superstar, Cap Anson, reputedly said he wanted his tombstone to read HERE LIES A .300 HITTER--even though he had a .333 career batting average. Almost from baseball's inception, a .300 average has defined stardom....
Strawberry Fields, Back in Bloom; Twenty-Eight Songs. Nine Actors. One White Piano-And One Extraordinary Life. an Exclusive Look at the New Musical 'Lennon,' as It Finds Its Voice in San Francisco
Byline: Marc Peyser It's a little-known fact--and, frankly, a little hard to imagine--but back in 1979, John Lennon and Yoko Ono started writing a Broadway musical. It was an oddly frivolous genre for the "angry" Beatle and a woman who once recorded...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Just who is the man now known as Benedict XVI? And what will his elevation to pope mean for America's 67 million Roman Catholics? In our cover story this week, Christopher Dickey and Melinda Henneberger trace Joseph Ratzinger...
The Global Savings Glut; the Common View That Our Low Savings Rate and Big Budget Deficit Cause Our Trade Imbalances Is Mostly Wrong. They Are Only Loosely Connected
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson We are all taught that saving is good--indeed, Americans are often chided for spending too much and saving too little. But what if the problem of today's global economy is that people elsewhere, in Europe, Asia and Latin...
The Heavyweight; He's an Oscar-Winning Director, but Gets Flak for Being a Softie. with 'Cinderella Man,' It's Time to Rethink Ron Howard
Byline: Devin Gordon Many directors have said it's a pleasure working with the famously mercurial Russell Crowe. Ron Howard is not one of them. "Directing Russell is like shooting on a tropical island," he says. "The weather is going to change several...
The New Bling Rings; for Some, a One-Carat Diamond Just Won't Do
Byline: Anna Kuchment Jon Cronin's girlfriend would nearly cry each time she watched the ad where the guy slips his wife a giant rock on a trip to Venice. So when the Boston-based real-estate developer decided to propose four months ago, he flew...
The New Face of Witness Protection; A Changing Demographic Strains a Storied Program
Byline: Daren Briscoe Brenda Paz's life was in danger. When the 17-year-old was arrested by Virginia police in June 2002, she unexpectedly started telling them vivid tales about life as a member of the violent Mara Salvatrucha street gang, better...
The Right's Fight; He's Not One to Take Trouble Lying Down. Inside Tom DeLay's Defense Strategy-And What It Means for Team Bush
Byline: Howard Fineman and Michael Isikoff (With Holly Bailey and Richard Wolffe Graphic by Andrew Romano) La Colline ("the hill") is the perfect place to hold a fund-raising dinner for a Republican congressman: it's two blocks from the Capitol,...
The Vision of Benedict XVI; A Divided Church Waits for Benedict to Take His Place in History
Byline: Christopher Dickey and Melinda Henneberger (With Stefan Theil in Traunstein, Edward Pentin and Robert Blair Kaiser in Rome, Julie Scelfo in New York, Eric Pape in Paris and Joseph Contreras in Mexico City) For most of the last 24 years,...
Tiger's out This Week. No Bull. Both Apple and Microsoft Seem to Know What's Needed for the Next Step in Desktop Computing
Byline: Steven Levy It's Steve Jobs's plan to make this the Week of the Tiger. But Bill Gates and his minions at Microsoft are crying bull--specifically, a Longhorn steer. Despite the zoological bent, this dust-up is not about animals, but operating...
Trading Spaces, Version 2.O; the Big Board Cuts a Deal to Launch It into the Electronic Age
Byline: Allan Sloan Think of the New York Stock Exchange and you summon up dramatic images of rescue workers ringing the opening bell when trading resumed after 9/11, and wonderful promotional stunts like Spider-Man, a webcaster before his time,...
Why We Need DeLay to Stay; the Midterms Should Be a Referendum on DeLay's America. Stay on the Right Fringe or Move to the Center? Let the People Decide
Byline: Jonathan Alter A couple of years ago, Tom DeLay was chomping on a cigar at a Washington restaurant with some lobbyists. The manager went over to tell him he couldn't smoke because the restaurant was located on property leased from the federal...