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 February 12

Apocalypse Now; Iraqi Forces Struggle in the Battle against a Shadowy Shiite Death Cult. and That's Only a Small Part of the Problems They're Facing in Iraq's South
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh (With reports from Iraqi staff in Najaf and Maziar Bahari in Tehran, Christopher Dickey in Paris and Karen Fragala Smith in New York) Dhia Abdul Zahra claimed he was the messiah. And on the eve of the holiest day in the...
A Waking Nightmare; Sex, Spies Und Audiotape in Corrupt East Germany
Byline: David Ansen The Stasi--East Germany's omnipotent and greatly feared secret police--employed some 100,000 people, in addition to the 200,000 informers who could be counted on to spy on their neighbors, their friends and their own families....
Beliefwatch: Heavenly
Byline: Lisa Miller It isn't every day that a Christian book--that is, a book written by a Christian author for a Christian audience and marketed by a Christian publisher--crosses over into the secular market and makes any kind of appearance on...
Bush's Truman Show
Byline: Holly Bailey, Richard Wolffe and Evan Thomas (With John Barry) President Bush was reaching out--sort of. It was Dec. 7, the day after the bipartisan Iraq Study Group had delivered its recommendation that the administration begin to tamp...
Colorblind at Last? This Year, a Record Five Black Actors Received Oscar Nominations. That's Amazing Progress-Maybe
Byline: Sean Smith And Allison Samuels Black Hollywood has been keeping a secret. For decades, African-Americans had been so consistently overlooked by the Academy Awards that a private group began sponsoring the "Black Oscars." Every year, on the...
Financial Planning: Wills and Other Ways
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) When you think about leaving money to heirs, the process seems simple. You put your decisions in your will (you have one, right?). When the will is read, your family and friends bless...
Girls Gone Bad; Paris, Britney, Lindsay & Nicole: They Seem to Be Everywhere and They May Not Be Wearing Underwear. Tweens Adore Them and Teens Envy Them. but Are We Raising a Generation of 'Prosti-Tots'?
Byline: Kathleen Deveny with Raina Kelley (With Jamie Reno in San Diego, Karen Springen in Chicago and Susannah Meadows, Anne Underwood and Julie Scelfo in New York) My 6-year-old daughter loves Lindsay Lohan. Loves, loves, loves her. She loves...
He's Ready to Rumble
Byline: Howard Fineman John Edwards played defensive back in high school, and waiting offstage to speak, he looked eager to get onto the field and hit someone. That is what he did (rhetorically) in the first scrimmage of the 2008 presidential campaign...
Hillary's Religious Roots; at 13, She Met a Methodist Minister Who Became a Lifelong Friend
Byline: Susannah Meadows If Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush have anything in common, it is a deeply rooted wariness of outsiders. Both the president and the woman who hopes to succeed him have always relied on a small, closed circle of friends...
Inconvenient Kyoto Truths; Was Life Better When a Sheet of Ice a Mile Thick Covered Chicago? Was It Worse When Greenland Was So Warm That Vikings Farmed There?
Byline: George F. Will Enough already. It is time to call some bluffs. John Kerry says that one reason America has become an "international pariah" is President Bush's decision to "walk away from global warming." Kerry's accusation is opaque, but...
Justice: Bench Player; Sandra Day O'Connor Left the High Court a Year Ago. Now She's Really Busy. in a NEWSWEEK Exclusive, She Talks about Stepping Down, Iraq and Caring for Her Ill Husband
Byline: Debra Rosenberg (With Eve Conant) Walk down the hallway on the second floor of the Supreme Court, through the part of the massive marble building the public never gets to see, just past the chambers of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and you...
Newsmakers
Byline: Jac Chebatoris (Ramin Setoodeh) Q&A: Belinda Carlisle Belinda Carlisle will always be a Go-Go, but her new solo album is called "Voila--and it's all in French. La chanteuse spoke with Jac Chebatoris. You've recorded an entire album...
Perspectives
"The struggle in Iraq is winnable." Gen. George W. Casey Jr., addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for the post of Army chief of staff "The most dangerous tornado scenario is a threat for killer tornadoes...
Poor among Plenty; for the First Time, Poverty Shifts to the U.S. Suburbs
Byline: Peg Tyre and Matthew Philips Six years ago, Brian Lavelle moved out of the city of Cleveland to the nearby suburb of Lakewood for what he thought would be a better life. Back then, Lavelle, 38, was a forklift operator in a steel mill making...
Science: The Time Is All in Your Mind
Byline: Jerry Adler Scuse me while I kiss this guy," Jimi Hendrix did not sing in "Purple Haze," but a lot of people heard it that way anyway: somehow in his listeners' ears the break between "the" and "sky" got moved one phoneme to the right. One...
Seventh Grade Surprise; He Seemed like a Normal 12-Year-Old Boy to Most. but 'Casey Price' Was Anything but a Typical Classmate
Byline: Andrew Murr Twelve-year-old Casey Price did his best to fit in as his grandfather and uncle spent the past 18 months bouncing around Arizona. In tiny Payson, Casey invited boys at the local skate park to join a skateboard team he said he'd...
Shopping: More Bling for Your Buck
Byline: Linda Stern If it sings to you, buy it. That's the simplified advice that diamond merchants like to give to Valentine's Day shoppers. But it's so much more complicated than that. Especially now, with online discounters, synthetic gemstones...
Stop Pandering on Education; It's Time to Move from Identifying Failing Schools to Identifying Failing Teachers. Sounds Obvious, but It Hasn't Happened in American Education
Byline: Jonathan Alter The crazy thing about the education debate in the United States is that anyone with an ounce of brains knows what must be done. Each political party is about half right. Republicans are right about the need for strict performance...
The CIA Leak: Boring in on the Veep
Byline: Michael Isikoff The Scooter Libby trial has put a new focus on Vice President Dick Cheney's own role in the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. When the CIA on July 11, 2003, sent over a draft statement taking responsibility...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Kathy Deveny is big enough to admit it: "I have been a closet Paris addict for years, and I can't read enough about these chicks--Paris, Britney, Lindsay Lohan," she says. "They're young, beautiful and do whatever the hell they...
The Mayor's Mistress; San Francisco's Gavin Newsom Was on the Move, but an Affair with a Friend's Wife May Slow Him Down
Byline: Karen Breslau Gavin Newsom, the popular, handsome--and very available--mayor of San Francisco, was one of those men who could seemingly get any women they wanted. Since his 2005 divorce from Fox News commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle, he had...
The Road to Reformation; Al Qaeda Had Hoped to Rally the Entire Muslim World against the West, but Now It Is in the Middle of a Dirty Sectarian War within Islam
Byline: Fareed Zakaria For those in the West asking when Islam will have its Reformation, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the process appears to have begun. The bad news is it's been marked by calumny, hatred and bloody violence....
The War: 'Ambiguous' Intel on Iran's Meddling in Iraq
Byline: Mark Hosenball How solid is evidence that Iran is stoking the conflict in Iraq? The White House has ratcheted up rhetorical attacks, suggesting that Iranian government elements were supplying Iraqi Shia insurgents with deadly weapons technology....
To Reach for the Moon; China's Lunar Program Is about More Than National Pride. Try This: A Limitless Supply of Clean, Safe Energy
Byline: Melinda Liu and Mary Carmichael Western analysts still can't say what Beijing was thinking when it shot down one of its aging weather satellites. True, the recent test was a fine show of marksmanship, destroying a refrigerator-size target...
Vista's Super Sweet 16 Rollout
Byline: Steven Levy Is Vista, Microsoft's latest version of Windows--released last week with press events, parties, rock bands, a circuslike "human billboard" in downtown New York City and a multimillion-dollar ad campaign--the last operating system...
Where Memory Endures; after 25 Years, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Casts a Long Shadow
Byline: Cathleen Mcguigan The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is so iconic, you tend to forget the political tempest that surrounded it more than 25 years ago. After the design--by a then-unknown Yale undergrad named Maya Lin--beat out 1,420 contenders...
Why I Broke One of My 'Cardinal' Rules; I Thought Guns Were Evil. Then a Tiny Red Bird Came to Call, and I Had to Rethink Everything
Byline: Walda Cameron (Cameron lives in Goshen, N.Y.) Guns are evil. This inviolate "death and taxes" truth sustained me--a peace-loving granny, a tree-hugging liberal--through 64 years of protected, upper-middle-class subsistence. It was the one...