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. 22, June 1

A Bloodliess Coup
By manipulating Indonesia's student protesters, the military ousted Suharto. But this revolution hasn't ended yet. HE TRIED TO INSTALL A NEW cabinet, but no one would join it. He enlisted an independent council of scholars, but they dictated a humiliating...
A Harebrained Schemer
Habibie is more mad scientist than politician THE MAN IS A CRONY'S CRONY. WHEN FORMER PRESIDENT SUHARTO FLEW BACK to Jakarta from Cairo two weeks ago to face an escalating political crisis, his vice president, B. J. Habibie, rushed to the airport to...
Always the Best Revenge
Suharto's very rich clan will still live well SUHARTO LOVES HIS COUNTRY, BUT HE LOVES HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS EVEN more. During his 32-year rule, his kids and cronies enriched themselves on a scale that seems grossly excessive, even for Asian despots....
And NOW, the Human Show
Minute to minute, real life creeps by on the Web A NA VOOG WAS JUST ANOTHER PUNK ROCKETTE ON THE MINNEAPOLIS MUSIC scene until last summer when she surfed a Web site called JenniCam and found another calling. The JenniCam made a "ceWebrity" out of Jennifer...
A Son Who Spun out of Control
With DEBRA GWARTNEY. T. TRENT GEGAX and PAT WINGERT An Oregon teen is charged with killing his parents and his classmates. The road to the cafeteria. With HIS SHY SMILE AND SLIGHT build 15-year-old Kip Kinkel has an innocent look that is part Huck...
A Typhoon in a Rain-Forest Eden
An expert on orangutans is at the epicenter of an international controversy IT WAS A MEETING OF ICONS. On "In the Wild," a PBS documentary that aired last week, actress Julia Roberts journeyed to the rain forests of southern Borneo to meet Birute Galdikas,...
Cops, Crime and Clergy
EVANS, a 28-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, has been commissioner since 1994. Boston's commish on how the new alliance between police and preachers works. BY I WAS A BEAT COP IN GENE Rivers' Dorchester neighborhood in the early 'TOs,...
Darkness into Light
THE MARK ROTHKO RETROSPECTIVE at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (through Aug. 16), is a shining example of what a first-class museum can do with a first-rate artist. More than 100 paintings-most of them containing Rotbko's signature...
He Owns the Songs
Can Edgar Bronfman Jr. make his $10.6 billion music megadeal pay off? SOME MONTHS AGO, Seagram chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. called on Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of Motown Records. Bronfman was pining to buy Gordy's Jobete Music, the repository...
Is Organic Better?
With MARY HAGER in Washington, D.C., KAREN SPRINGEN in Chicago and THOMAS HAYDEN in New York `Organic' food labels can mean many different things-or nothing. National standards are in the works, but they still won't guarantee you the best, safest food....
Mommy Track at the Times
A powerful woman editor runs afoul of her staffers JOYCE PURNICK WORKED 50 HARD, was "so dogged and driven," she says, that she didn't marry until she was 42. And she never had children, which she regrets. But the work paid off; she's the metropolitan...
One Tough [Expletive]
The mixed legacy of a departing airline boss JUST AFTER THE DAWN of time -before Ronald Reagan was president, when webs were for spiders and 747's flew with piano bars-Bob Crandall became head of American Airlines Inc. Last week Crandall stepped out...
Pesticides and Kids' Risks
THE PERCENTAGE OF American crops grown organically is up a whopping 1,000 percent since the early 1990s ... all the way to 1 or 2 percent. In other words, hardly enough to stock a couple of salad bars. That means that most of the fruits, vegetables and...
Ready to Rumble
After months of anticipation, the government finally filed its antitrust suit against Microsoft. Now the real fun begins. ONE OF THE LEAST SURPRISING moments in the history of technology and jurisprudence caine Monday when Janet Rena stood before a...
Savior of the Streets
An ex-gang member who went to Harvard, Gene Rivers is an impolitic preacher on the cutting edge of a hot idea: can religion fight crime and save kids? PATRIOT'S DAY IS A CITY HOLIDAY IN Boston, but the Rev. Engene Rivers, a compact, graying black...
Targeting a Killer Gene
A promising new way to fight breast cancer CALL IT A GENETIC GLITCH. IN ABOUT one third of breast-cancer patients, the gene HER-2 goes into overdrive, making the disease especially aggressive. For years, researchers suspected that if they could zero...
The Bountiful Breast
Mother's milk is a miracle tonic. Make sure your baby gets her BREAST MILK IS THE mother of all medicines, Babies who drink it get the nutrients they need for proper brain development, while lowering their risk of everything from allergies and infections...
The Day the Beepers Died
A satellite glitch reveals a high-tech bottleneck WHEN A KEY PART of the wireless world fell silent last Wednesday, Chuck Woodford had a wireless solution-that's wireless as in Marconi. vacuum tubes, the Shadow and Fireside Chats. After beepers suddenly...
The Gospel of St. John
John Ashcroft, an evangelical Yalie, has a vision: let churches do the capital's work. JOHN ASHCROFT'S Washington seems worlds away from Eugene Rivers' Boston. A first-term Republican senator, Ashcroft is an antitax, pro-death-penalty conservative from...
The Lord's Foot Soldiers
From South-Central LA. to Niagara Falls, a new breed of cleric is reaching out to at-risk kids: Rev. Trevon Gross ST. JOHNS AME, NIAGARA FALLS, NY Before Trevon Gross hit town, many in his congregation had never so much as touched a computer. The...
The New Cangsta on the Block
With JAMES GILL in New Orleans Master P's growing hip-hop empire is part street, part Wall Street DA LAST DON" IS A LOW-BUDGET PICture, heading straight to video. Yet even so, there are standards. And on a spring afternoon in the Valley, there is a...
The New Holy War
With DANIEL MCGINN in Cleveland, GREGORY BEALS in Newark and MATT BAI in Washington Religion is the latest weapon in the battle to rescue the inner city. The promises-and the potential perils-of 'faith-based' solutions. CHECK OUT ANY DYING NEIGHborhood...
The Other Asian Time Bomb
The hot money that burned Suharto and Indonesia has not claimed its final victim IN AN ESSAY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES this spring, Roger Altman, a former official in Bill Clinton's Treasury Department, called the global capital markets the Nuke of the...
The Secret Hacker Wars
Behind the spreading battle over cyberterrorism IT LOOKED LIKE THE REAL THING. LAST February, computer experts at the Pentagon began to detect an invader- someone was hacking into the cyber systems at Air Force and Navy bases around the United States,...
The WHO Has Seen the Future, and Ft's Full of Good Health
IF YOUR HEALTH IS IN question, you go to the doctor. When the entire planet's well-being is at issue, it's the World Health Organization you consult. The group's recently released 1998 World Health Report focuses on the future-and the prognosis is excellent....
They Won't They Can't
We miss crises because we don't understand what motivates other people. THERE WAS A FAMOUS ARTICLE THAT APPEARED IN THE 1960s on the subject of China and its nuclear potential. It was written by an authoritative foreign-policy establishment figure,...
This Is Your Life
With YAHLIN CHANG and RAY SAWHILL. Ever feel like you're being watched? In an ingenious drama, 'The Truman Show,' Jim Carrey learns his whole life's been televised. THE TRUMAN SHOW' HAS BEEN broadcast live for more than 10,000 days before the star...
Unfinished Business
BRUDNO is a management Consultant in Washington, D.C. I think it's time for anti-Vietnam War Americans to recognize the pain they caused TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, OUR POW'S CAME HOME FROM North Vietnam. They looked better than anyone could have imagined,...
Unfinished Symphony
Jeff Buckley drowned in Memphis last year. Now his mother is releasing the songs he left behind. BEFORE JEFF BUCKLEY'S BODY WAS REcovered from the Mississippi River last June. his mother, Mary Guibert, flew from Memphis to New York to settle his affairs....
Will It Play in New York?
With STRYKER MCGUIRE and BARRY WHITE in Belfast Irish-Americans have a role in keeping the peace HOURS AFTER THEIR POLITICAL PARty endorsed the Irish peace accords this month, Martin Ferris and Joseph Cahill boarded a plane for New York. Both men are...
You Said You Wanted a Revolution
Thirty years after their May revolt, France's students are members of a not-very-different ruling class. LAST WEEK AT THE OPUS CAFE, IN A SLIGHTLY SHABBY quarter of Paris, Annette Levy-Willard, former Maoist, former feminist activist and current staffer...