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 June 23

A Fond Farewell: Three Gentlemen: A Movie Actor, a News Reporter and a Magazine Editor
Byline: David Ansen Gregory Peck: America's Quintessential Leading Man Sooner or later in his long, illustrious career Gregory Peck had to play Abraham Lincoln. It was a role he seemed destined for, with his lanky, 6-foot-3 frame, his dark, formidable...
A Job for the Agency: The CIA Can Help Stop the Bloodletting between Israelis and Palestinians. but CIA Aid Could Also Backfire
Byline: Joshua Hammer The CIA has quietly solved some hopeless-looking Mideast messes before. It was the Central Intelligence Agency that came to the rescue last year during the siege at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity after talks broke down...
A Kinda Lethal Weapon: Shooting Blanks in the Comic 'Hollywood Homicide'
Byline: David Ansen The buddy movie/action comedy "Hollywood Homicide," with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett, is nothing if not a highly marketable commodity. Unfortunately, that's about all it is--a package designed to be sold. As a movie, it's...
Al Qaeda in America: The Enemy Within: The Inside Story of the War at Home on Al Qaeda Has Been Marked by Good Luck and Good Work. Still, No One in the Intelligence Community Is Declaring Victory
Byline: Evan Thomas Khalid Shaikh Mohammed looked more like a loser in a T shirt than a modern-day Mephistopheles. But "KSM," as he is always referred to in FBI documents, held the key to unlock the biggest mystery of the war on terror: is Al Qaeda...
A New Amber Alert: She's Become a Cable Fixture in the Peterson Case. but Will She Matter in the Courtroom?
Byline: Karen Breslau and Andrew Murr On the tapes, Scott Peterson is cool and charming. He tells Amber Frey that he loves her and hopes to see her soon. Then he gets down to business. Could Amber please give him snapshots of the two taken at a...
Did the CIA Shut out Congress on WMD?
Byline: Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are seeking access to a closely held classified transcript that could resolve a key question in the Iraq-war intelligence debate: whether the CIA misled Congress...
Fan Swapping: Gay. Straight. Up Late
Byline: Sean M. Smith When the season finale of Showtime's "Queer as Folk" airs on June 22, about half the folk tuning in won't be queer. The serial, focused on the lives (and sex lives) of gay men, has an estimated 50 percent female audience, most...
Fighting the Battle of the Bulging Eardrums: As a Young Doctor at an Inner-City Clinic, I Quickly Realized That No One Expected Me to Do My Best
Byline: Stephen L. Cohen As a young doctor, I readily accepted the mandate of the Hippocratic oath to "do no harm." I was eager to have a positive impact on people's lives, and I never imagined that it might be difficult to live up to the oath of...
How to Make Friends in Iraq: Americans Will See Anti-U.S. Demonstrations in Iraq and Ask Their Politicians, 'Why Are We in This Country If No One Wants Us There?'
Byline: Fareed Zakaria The news out of Iraq sounds grim--killings, chaos, instability. But these problems are likely to be temporary. As the Pentagon reverses course and admits to the reality of a long occupation, the Baathist resistance that is...
Info with a Ball and Chain: Stopping Piracy and Increasing Privacy Makes Sense. but What Will We Lose by Locking Up Our Songs, Movies, Books, Files and E-Ails?
Byline: Steven Levy When Steve Jobs introduced the iTunes music store a few weeks ago, the acclaim was nearly universal. Nonetheless, a small but vocal minority viewed the online emporium as a menace--because the iTunes program somewhat limits a...
Let's Make a (Tough) Deal: Companies Are Boosting Rebates to Drive Sales-And Driving Many Customers Crazy
Byline: Daniel McGinn If you're in the market for a cordless phone, it's hard to beat Northwestern Bell's 900MHz model--especially during a recent promotion at OfficeMax. Earlier this month the $29.99 phone was being sold with a $19.99 instant rebate...
Movies: Threesome: A Bungalow in Hollywood. A Trio of Angels. A Giddy Conversation about Men, Bodies and the Exhilarating 'Full Throttle.'
Byline: Sean M. Smith Charlie doesn't know what he's missing. The poor guy can hear his Angels over that speaker-phone and bask in their adoration, but he can't see what we see: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu snuggled up on a sofa, laughing,...
Neocons on the Line: Welcome to the Real World
Byline: Michael Hirsh Paul Wolfowitz seems a bundle of contradictions, all of them roiling inside him. Calm yet driven, a champion of bold action who speaks in a soft, somewhat quavery voice, Wolfowitz today finds himself pacing the world stage...
Newsmakers: Cleanup Woman
Byline: Allison Samuels We're sick of her, too, at this point, but wait till you hear the latest. Jennifer Lopez is cleaning house--not the zillion-dollar one she bought with her beau, Ben Affleck, but metaphorically. First she canned her publicist,...
Perspectives
Publisher correction: 01 Jul 2003 In our June 23 Perspectives page, we misspelled the last name of New York teenager Daniel Newman. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. _______________________________________ Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom:...
Race-Norming in Michigan: At Issue Is the Radical Goal of Overthrowing a Core Principle of Our Open Society-That Rights Inhere in Individuals, Not Groups
Byline: George F. Will Before America became as enlightened as it is now, Asian-Americans were denied, among much else, the equal protection of the law. In various jurisdictions they were forbidden to testify in courts against whites, practice law,...
She's the Girl They Love to Hate: When Her School Wanted to Make Her Share the Valedictorian Spot, Blair Hornstine Went to Court. She Won-And That's When Her Troubles Began
Byline: Julie Scelfo and Barbara Kantrowitz Blair Hornstine has near perfect SATs, an A++ average, an impressive list of community-service activities and an acceptance letter from Harvard. But on Thursday, when her classmates at New Jersey's Moorestown...
Songs in the Key of Rice: Heard Anything Positively Great Lately? Actually, Yes
Byline: Jeff Giles In the mid-'90s, in Dublin, Damien Rice's band Juniper released a hit single, causing the record company to demand another hit single, causing Damien Rice to bristle, quit the band, leave the country and travel around Europe playing...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Will Al Qaeda attack America again? Ever since September 11, that question has haunted us. To prevent more strikes, the Bush administration has waged two wars, authorized billions for homeland security and captured and interrogated...
The New Man to See: Don't Drink Shots of Tequila with This Man. You'll End Up Drunk, and May Start Seeing Things 'Clearer Than the Truth.'
Byline: Evan Thomas The vice president's chief of staff and national-security adviser, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, wants to be anonymous, but his personality sometimes gets the better of him. A slight figure, taciturn like his boss, Libby rarely speaks...
The Original Cosmo Grrl: Her Famous Book Gets Reissued-And Reappraised
Byline: Susannah Meadows What early feminist work told its readers that a woman "is known by what she does rather than by whom she belongs to," urged them to "accept all the parts of your body as worthy and lovable" and to "reconsider the idea that...
The Prairie Dog Problem
Byline: Mary Carmichael Schyan Kautzerhas had a rough couple of weeks. First, the 3-year-old's new pet prairie dog bit her finger. Next, a temperature of 103 landed her in the hospital. Then her parents tried to medicate her pet--which wasn't doing...
Tough Course in Tuition Aid: States in Budget Hell Are Slashing Subsidies to Their Colleges and Universities. Those Schools Educate 80 Percent of Our Students
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn As college tuition continues to jump, say a prayer for the able children of the working poor. They're being squeezed the most. You might think that families with low or moderate incomes would get extra student aid to help...
Weddings: Till Death or Kenya
Byline: Meredith Sadin Is anything more awkward than having to cobble together a dozen variations on the spatula to find a wedding gift? Well, there is now. Increasingly, engaged couples are being more creative with their registries--creative in...
West Nile: On the Move: A Wet Spring Could Mean a Perfect Storm of Mosquitoes, Spreading the Virus across the Country
Byline: Mary Carmichael Last August, as the West Nile virus went on a 44-state, 284-person killing spree, Vicki Kramer found herself troubled by a single case. In California, where Kramer is the state's point person on mosquito-borne disease, the...