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. 128, No. 12, September 16

Abandoning Bosnia - Again
A fierce critic of the West's response to Balkan genocide argues that elections may bring on more bloodshed. WHEN THE DAYTON ACCORDS THAT ENDED THE FIGHTING in Bosnia were signed, the national and municipal elections scheduled for this weekend were...
Attention: Aging Men
FIVE YEARS AGO, ON THE EVE OF HIS 50th birthday, Ron Fortner realized that time was catching up with him. Like countless men his age, the Palm Springs, Calif., radio personality had drifted away from exercise, but not from stressful days or fatty meals....
At War - with Themselves: The Kurds Agree on Their Goal, but on Nothing Else
The Kurds agree on their goal, but on nothing else THE BATTLE FOR ERBIL is over, but the fighting among the Kurds surely isn't. From their new stronghold in the regional capital, the Iraqi-backed Kurds last week attacked their Iranian-supported rivals....
Diamond Jubilee: There's More Action on the Field and More Fans in the Stands as Baseball Plays out a Dream Season
There's more action on the field and more fans in the stands as baseball plays out a dream season HERE'S NEWS: IT TURNS OUT that not even pigheaded owners and mulish players could kill baseball. Not that they didn't try. But this season, the bitter...
Get Ready to Rumble: Far Behind, Dole Takes the Fight to Clinton - and the Disgraced Morris
Far behind, Dole takes the fight to Clinton--and the disgraced Morris THE MEETING WAS ROUTINE, BUT subject was not. When Newt Gingrich and his lieutenants paid their regular visit to Bob Dole's headquarters last week, NEWSWEEK has learned, they came...
Going under the Knife: What Russia's Top Doctors Can Do for Their President
What Russia's top doctors can do for their president RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Boris Yeltsin's announcement that he's headed for the business end of a heart surgeon's scalpel comes as no real surprise. The Russian diet is fatty and conspicuously lacking in...
Heart to Heart
The rumors had been swirling for months, until finally Boris Yeltsin, with astonishing candor, decided to go public about his health THE SPIRIT OF LEONID BREZHNEV was alive and well in Moscow. An aging, ailing Russian leader was nowhere to be seen,...
Heretics in the Laboratory
WHEN KURT WISE ARRIVED AT Harvard University as a graduate student in paleontology, he was right and intellectually ambitious, just like everyone else in the department. But unlike everyone else, he was, and is, a creationist. He believes that the Earth...
'I Have Nothing to Hide.' (Boris Yeltsin)(Interview)
AS RUMORS ABOUT him rumbled through Russia, President Yeltsin agreed to answer questions submitted in writing by the editors of Itogi, a Russian-language magazine published in cooperation with NEWSWEEK, about his heart problems. "Surgery is necessary,...
Marriage as We See It: When My Partner and I Took Vows and Received the Church's Blessing, I Was Transformed
When my partner and I took vows and received the church's blessing, I was transformed BETWEEN MY OWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH'S VOTE REjecting ordination of gays and lesbians and the House vote against same-sex marriages, I feel beaten up. The one-two punch...
Millennium
PUSHING THE envelope" has become a cliche in television. It's what TV auteurs say they're doing when they want to get away with more sex and/or violence. And it's how network suits justify those shows to nervous advertisers and conservative viewers....
My Month on DHEA
Most people struggle to lose weight, but until a few weeks ago, keeping it on was the greater challenge for me. I used to counter the ribbing I got from my wife and family ("You look like a scarecrow!") by explaining patiently that thin people five...
Not in My Backyard: Starbucks Is Doing Great, but Is a Backlash Beginning?
Starbucks is doing great, but is a backlash beginning? IT'S NO STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION to picture community activists hunkered down in a Starbucks, plotting against an impending Wal-Mart. But hunkered down in a coffee shop, plotting against an impending...
Once More to the Lake
A fresh mystery evokes the Susan Smith case IN THE NEARLY TWO YEARS SINCE SUSAN Smith drowned her sons in John D. Long Lake, the spot where she rolled her Mazda into the reservoir has become a ghoulish tourist attraction--a tragic place that still draws...
Pretty Close to Awful: Dole's Fading Campaign Makes It Less Likely the Next President Will Break the Entitlement State
Dole's fading campaign makes it less likely the next president will break the entitlement state AFTER A DOLELESS WEEK, A week dominated by Bill Clinton s almost ethereal balm and fluidity, the Republican candidate reappeared on Labor Day before an enormous...
Public Morals
PUSHING THE envelope" has become a cliche in television. It's what TV auteurs say they're doing when they want to get away with more sex and/or violence. And it's how network suits justify those shows to nervous advertisers and conservative viewers....
Rippling ABS in 30 Days or Your Money Back!
Oscar Wilde said that youth was wasted on the young. Now it's sold to the middleaged--for $9.5 billion a year. IF YOU'RE A MALE BABY BOOMER, YOU may be living with comforting myths handed down by old girlfriends--thing like gray hair and wrinkles make...
Sifting through the Rubble: The Fallout from Morris's Crash Roils the White House
The fallout from Morris's crash roils the White House TALK ABOUT YOUR ROUGH LANDINGS. Before the tabloids dubbed him "Bill Clinton's `Svengali'," or the man with Washington 'hooker" and a Texas "love child," Dick Morris, NEWSWEEK has learned, had a...
Standing Room Only: The Nation's Schools Are Inundated with Kids
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DAY FILLED with promise; instead, Jose Barahona was full of frustration as he waited with his daughter Elizabeth in the auditorium of PS 149 in Queens, N.Y. Dressed in a crisp yellow-and-white gingham dress, Elizabeth was eager...
The Fall of the Walrus
Why did the bulls plunge off an Alaskan cliff? WHY ARE THE WALRUSES killing themselves? In the last week of August, 70 two-ton bulls climbed to the top of a cliff above Maggie Beach, a remote and forbidding area in southwestern Alaska. One by one, the...
To Her Own Self Be True: On Her Gutsy New Album Sheryl Crow Fights Expectations - and Wal-Mart
SHERYL CROW JUST SAID SOMETHING she didn't mean to say. It popped out, kind of a Freudian slip. She's sitting in a hotel restaurant in New Jersey, doing one of the only interviews for her new album, "Sheryl Crow," due Sept. 24, the follow-up to her 1993...
Too Much Good News: Why the Fed Is Poised to Raise Interest Rates
Why the Fed is poised to raise interest rates IF CENTRAL BANKERS EVER CRACKED A smile, this would be the time. The Federal Reserve Board has come close to perfection. The economy is strong, yet inflation is below S percent for the third year running....
Tune in, Turn On
Big stars, new faces, shock tactics and a bunch of `X-Files' clones fill the fall season. Not to mention the comic nostrils of Judd Nelson. FRIDAY NIGHT AT CHELSEA PIERS IN MANHATTAN, WHERE THEY'RE SHOOTING THE new ABC comedy Spin City in a warehouse...