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. 18, May 4

A New Yorker Love Story: He Was a Legendary Editor; She Was His Adoring Star
He was a legendary editor; she was his adoring star THERE IS A CLASSIC MOMENT IN THE life of a saint, at least as chronicled by the devout, when the hero as a tiny babe stands up on his mother's lap and pipes, "Glory to God!" Unaccountably, Lillian...
Animal Behavior: Misunderstandings between Pets and Pet Owners
Pets can feel like part of the family, but like any family member they can sometimes drive us crazy. Teaching even the most adorable puppy or kitten to obey your commands can be frustrating. Unfortunately, problem behavior can drive some pet owners...
Cold Noses & Clammy Paws
The following are some common pet first-aid treatments recommended by AAHA. Always call your veterinarian at the first sign of trouble. Bite Wounds Approach the pet carefully to avoid getting bitten. Muzzle the animal, then clean the wound with large...
Death of an Assassin
James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.'s confessed killer, finally dies-but the conspiracy theories will live on JAMES EARL RAY, SMALL-TIME CRIMinal and big-time hater, won't be much missed. But his death last week, of liver disease at the age of 70,...
Do You Have Hepatitis C? Nearly 4 Million Americans Are Infected. Most Don't Know It
A DECADE AGO SUSIE Makinster, then an advertising executive in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, learned she might have a liver problem. Her doctors told her not to worry. So she didn't-until three years ago, when she was astonished to learn she had tested positive...
He Got Game
THE STRUTTING TITLE, He Got Gains, doesn't begin to convey the reach or the feel of Spike Lee's ambitious, absorbing new movie. At once a celebration of the game of basketball, an expose of the game's corruption and an exploration of a fraught father-and-son...
Here's Why You Need to Care about the Euro: It's Not Just a New Currency for the Old Continent
It's not just a new currency for the old continent CHATTING WITH EUROPEANS THESE days can be an awkward affair for Americans. Preoccupied with running a crisis-ridden world, Yanks just can't seem to develop an interest in that grand obsession of their...
How Planets Are Born
Last week we saw stars creating solar systems--like ours--for the first time, and the Third Rock seemed a lot less alone. BY SHARON BEGLEY RAY JAYAWARDHANA HAD WANGLED ONLY four measly nights from the committee that parcels out observing time on the...
How to Survive the 'Big One' and Other Natural Disasters
THE PAST SIX MONTHS have been a disaster-as far as nature is concerned. Torrential rain in California, immobilizing ice in the Northeast, killer tornadoes in the South have all rattled the nation's prevailing sense of well-being. In fact, this decade...
Incarcerated Species List: Since We Started Jailing So Many Public Figures, Potential Inmates Have Gotten Streetwise
I CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH CELEBRITY OR PUBLIC BIG cheese it was whose imprisonment set me to thinking about how many such notable personalities we seemed to be throwing in the clink these days. This was a few years back, and I have been fitfully and unsystematically...
In Laughing Color: Three New Sitcoms Mix It Up in Black and White
DAMON WAYANS HAD ONE REQUEST for his new show, "Damon," which debuted on Fox last month: "not to be on Thursday night," says the black actor-comedian, joking about the network's tendency to counter program NBC's lily-white lineup of "Friends," "Seinfeld"...
It Rhymes with Bikini; with a Tankini, You Don't Let It All Hang Out
With a tankini, you don't let it all hang out ADD A NEW WORD TO YOUR FASHION vocabulary: tankini (n. A two-piece swimsuit comprising a tank top and a bikini bottom). A few inches of fabric and a silly name make all the difference-at least that's what...
Lady McCartney: After an Astonishingly Loyal 29 Years of Marriage, Paul Loses His Lovely Linda
After an astonishingly loyal 29 years of marriage, Paul loses his lovely Linda OVER THE YEARS, "SANTA BARbara" became code words. Yes, the McCartneys visited California off and on, but for two decades their real retreat from the world was 600 miles...
Les Miserables
NOT EVEN COUNTING that musical that won't go away, there has been no shortage of Les Miserables to choose from. gour silen-movie versions were followed by six with sound (two french, one Italian, one TV movie). The most memorable was the 1935 Hollywood...
Making Book: Why Michael Milken Wants to Buy Simon & Schuster
TALK ABOUT AN EDITOR'S NIGHT- mare. The publishing world was already on edge about the shakeout in the industry and big corporations stalking literary prey. Then came news of the latest invader: Michael Milken. The former junk-bond king and convicted...
Mississippi Reckoning: Prosecutors Ponder Reopening Another '60S Murder
BY 1966, MISSISSIPPI NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer and his wife, Ellie, were used to sleeping in shifts. After their children turned in, one parent would sit quietly and listen for the Ku Klux Klan-shotgun in hand, curtains drawn tightly to make it harder...
Moving in the Last Lane: As the Entertainment Industry Explodes, a New Generation Takes on Old Hollywood
As the entertainment industry explodes, a new generation takes on old Hollywood. By VERONICA CHAMBERS AND CORIE BROWN IN THE SPACE OF JUST A FEW hours, there were 40 messages left on Kyle Newman's answering machine. The 22-year-old New York University...
My Spanish Standoff: A Fear of Prejudice for Our Children Made My Husband and Me Decide 'English Only' at Home
KUNTZ is a retired elementary-school teacher living in Cape Girardeau, Mo. ONCE AGAIN MY 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER COMES home from a foreign-language fair at her high school and accusingly tells me about the pluses of being able to speak two languages. Speaker...
Now, It's Spring Fever in the Skies: Airline Mergers: Better Service at What Cost?
Airline mergers: better service at what cost? WHAT IS IT ABOUT SPRING AND THE urge to merge? Last month the seasonal frenzy swept the banking business. Now it's shaking up the airline industry. On Thursday American Airlines and US Airways, the nation's...
Soul and Sushi
Forget what you've heard. For African-American professionals looking for a fair shake, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong are hot. DAMON WOODS LANDED IN BEIjing to study Chinese two years a go with a chip on his shoulder. An American black man, he had been...
So You Wanna Be a Star
Yes, you could be next week's hot new actor. But look out. Your career might be over before you can fill your swimming pool. BY YAHLIN CHANG TALK TO ANYONE IN HOLLYWOOD about acting, and this is what they all say: no one's in it to get famous or make...
Take a Pill and Call Me Tonight: Viagra's Debut Makes Medical History, but It Won't Help Everyone
Viagra's debut makes medical history, but it won't help everyone IT'S GOT A GREAT NAME, EVOCATIVE of "vigor" and the immense power of Niagara. The New York Daily News breathlessly reported last week that the pope had approved it (it was actually an...
The Bridget Invasion: A London Diary Hits Home
THANK GOODNESS BRIDGET JONES can't keep her New Year's resolutions. The heroine of Helen Fielding's runaway British best seller first appears in "Bridget Jones's Diary" making solemn promises: she will "go to gym three times a week not merely to buy...
The Datelining of TV
NEWSWEEK'S Mark Hosenball once worked at "Dateline NBC." FIVE YEARS AGO, YOUR typical couch potato's image of the TV show "Dateline NBC" might have been something about a flaming GM pickup truck (and later, flaming guys in suits, since the blow-up turned...
The New Choirboys
They're old pols preaching a post-Clinton vision, from schools to Social Security Why three Democrats who may take on Gore-Kerry, Kerrey and Bradley-are singing conservative hymns. IT'S BIG-THINK TIME FOR JOHN KERRY. FOR MONTHS THE Massachusetts senator...
The Provost Played On: In the Post-Affirmative-Action Era, Minorities Are a Valuable Commodity on California Campuses
IT'S JUST A TYPICAL SPRING WEEKEND for students like Tasceaie Barner. A high-school senior from Los Angeles, Barrier finds herself on a patio overlooking a lush lawn on the UCLA campus, standing just a few feet from the school's chancellor. like some...
The Romance of the Marketplace
Not so long ago, there was a real war between the state and the market. A new book explains why the conflict seems settled. BY MICHAEL ELLIOTT THERE ARE BIG FILMS ("TITANIC") AND THERE ARE SMALL films ("The Full Monty"). And there are big books (anything...
The Strange Case of a Palm Beach Poseur: A Father Who Abducted His Daughters Is Captured
A father who abducted his daughters is captured DR. WILLIAM MARTIN SEEMED PERfectly at home in the muraled dining room at Mar-a-Lago, the goldleafed, Moorish villa Donald Trump turned into the ultimate Palm Beach country club. With his $2.2 million...
The View from the Cockpit
The crew of the warplane that brought down an Italian gondola in a blur of speed and confusion plays defense THE E-MAIL THAT MARINE AVIATOR Capt. Richard Ashby sent his mother on the night of Feb. 3 was terse: "If you've been watching the news, you...
Toxic Employees
THE WAY HE TOLD HIS STORY, IT, was an obvious instance of sexual discrimination. According to Kim Castineau, he had been fired from his job with Fleet Mortgage Co. in Indianapolis after refusing to have sex with a female colleague who, be said, liked...
Will the Bug Bite the Bull?
Not worried about the Millennium computer problem? The experts beg to disagree. SCHOLARS OF FRUSTRATION--teeth-grinding, face-reddening, colon-churning frustration - would be well advised to attend the monthly meetings of the Washington, D.C., Year...