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 April 17

A Friend in Need; the Proud Afghan Risked All to Save a Navy SEAL. Now, Feeling Abandoned, He Is Facing Death Threats
Byline: Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai (With Dan Ephron in Washington) Even with all the troubles that followed, Mohammad Gulab says he's still glad he saved the U.S. Navy SEAL. "I have no regrets for what I did," the 32-year-old Afghan told NEWSWEEK...
A Nuclear Reality Check; America Goes around the World Arguing That a Few More Warheads Would Be Dangerous and Immoral-While It Has 12,000 of Its Own
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) Many of the Bush administration's critics argue, with some merit, that it has often pursued a foreign policy based on ideology and fantasy, not the realities of the world....
A Rising Star, out of the Blue; While Rivals Frist and McCain Fumed over the Collapse of the Immigration Bill, Romney Made Solving Thorny Problems Look Easy
Byline: Jonathan Alter Smooth-faced Gov. Mitt Romney is trying to win the 2008 Republican presidential nomination from Massachusetts, one of the bluest states in the Union. In the Democratic Party, hailing from the other team's territory is considered...
Brave New Guy; Frank Moss on Smart Cars, Brain Prostheses for the Aged and Other Toys in the Works at MIT's Media Lab
Byline: Patrick White Twenty-one years ago, Nicholas Negroponte had a vision of a brave new world of digital video, wireless computing and robotic toys. So he and his counterparts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab set about...
Capital Ideas; Foreign Stock Funds May Seem like Sure Bets. but Be Careful
Byline: Linda Stern Americans have been pouring record amounts of money into mutual funds that concentrate on companies abroad. In 2005, U.S. investors aimed 75 cents of every stock-fund dollar into a fund focused on international markets, and the...
End of the Miracle? Demand for New Workers Would Create Jobs, but Might End Up Hurting American Productivity Growth
Byline: Karen Lowry Miller Aside from baseball's homerun record, there may be no statistic as hotly debated as productivity growth rates. There is general agreement that U.S. productivity growth surged in the late 1990s, jumping from its long-term...
Evolution: If It Walks like a Fish
Byline: Jerry Adler Darwin predicted that the "missing links" of evolution--gaps in the fossil record between related species--would come to haunt his theory. He was right: even today, they're a major theme in the effort to discredit evolution with...
Homeland Security: Tough Accusations for Top Homeland Officials
Byline: Mark Hosenball Republican rep. Peter King of New York is raising questions about the adequacy of federal security-clearance procedures after the arrest of a Homeland Security spokesman on charges of trying to seduce a minor via the Internet...
Newsmakers
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh, Devin Gordon Josh Hartnett One of hollywood's reluctant hotties, Hartnett can be seen in the quirky crime-boss comedy "Lucky Number Slevin." He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh. You're living in New York, right?...
Off Message; as the Probe of a Rape Claim Unfolds, a Vile E-Mail Roils Duke
Byline: Susannah Meadows and Evan Thomas The e-mail was sent at 1:58 a.m. on March 14, about two hours after the alleged crime. A stripper would later tell police that she had been raped, sodomized and strangled by three men at a house rented by...
Path of the Storm; Think of It as the Abramoff Effect. the Disgraced Lobbyist's Troubles Influenced Tom DeLay's Exit. Who's Next?
Byline: Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey Conrad burns was doing his best to win over the crowd, but he just wasn't feeling the love. The Republican senator was supposed to be home in Montana last Friday night, where he was to be the featured guest...
Periscope
"If the disclosure is true, it's breathtaking." Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, on I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby's claim he was authorized by the president to leak prewar intel on Iraq "I saw several other people jumping ... Two of them I saw were holding...
Sealed with a Kiss; A Long-Lost Early Christian Text Says Jesus Asked Judas to Betray Him
Byline: David Gates (With Jac Chebatoris) Even Jesus recognized that there was something paradoxical about his betrayal by Judas Iscariot--in three of the four canonical Gospels, with a kiss. "And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined,"...
Technology: Project A Little Better
Byline: Peter Suciu Robert Fowkes owns more movies than your local video store. His collection tops 6,000 titles--from "Citizen Kane" to "Crash." Of course, he needed a really-big-screen TV. A few years ago, while reconstructing his house, he built...
Television: And the 'iPod Emmy' Goes to
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts It's Jerry Time," produced by a company called Ozone, chronicles the life of a fortysomething single guy (Jerry) in 15-minute animated installments. "Sophie Chase," from CB Films, tracks the exploits of a sexy detective...
Theater: It Sure Beats 'Mona Lisa Smile 2'
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh It's Julia Roberts's first night on Broadway, and her most loyal 1,074 fans have sold out the Bernard Jacobs Theatre. When she finally appears onstage, there's hearty applause followed by flashing cameras. But at intermission...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker One of the world's biggest media moguls was calling to congratulate the woman who is about to become the most powerful female journalist in America--but, naturally, the technology didn't work. Although Katie Couric wasn't giving...
The Endangered Inn; Japan's Traditional Hostels Are So out of Fashion at Home, Their Only Hope for Survival May Be Foreigners
Byline: Christian Caryl Traditional Japanese inns, or ryokan, are small, family-owned specialists in old-fashioned comfort and cuisine. And that's the problem. Today, Japanese consumers do not necessarily want to navigate complex ryokan pricing...
The Future of Evening News; CBS Is Hoping Katie Will Draw New Viewers, but the Real Action in TV News May Be Happening on the Web
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts There's an ironic twist to the story of recent Oscar contender "Good Night, and Good Luck." Based on real events, this Hollywood take on CBS News and its iconic journalists during the era of Joseph McCarthy was far more...
The Guardians of Complexity; Everyone Deplores the Endless Confusions and Contradictions of the Income-Tax System, but Nobody Does Anything about Them. Here's Why
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Almost everyone agrees we could make the income-tax system simpler, friendlier and more economically sane. But we haven't, and we probably won't. Getting from here to there is just too exhausting politically. We'd first...
The Katie Factor; after 15 Years, the Perky Star of Morning Television Finally Gets to Sleep in. Will She Change the Evening News, or Will It Change Her?
Byline: Marc Peyser and Johnnie L. Roberts (With Raina Kelley) Katie Couric got a new job. Have you heard about it? OK, it's a dumb question--Rep. Tom DeLay quit Congress last week amid a corruption probe, and his move didn't get nearly the ink...
The Leaker in Chief? Is He a CEO Who Stays above the Fray? or Did He Give the Go-Ahead to Strike Back at Critics over Prewar Intel? A Presidential Mystery
Byline: Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas George W. Bush likes to be seen as a man who dwells above the pettiness of political warfare. He has said he doesn't read the newspapers and shrugs off media criticism as carping of the chattering classes....
There She Was. There She Goes. Miss America Was Supplanted by Her Sisters, Who Carried Briefcases Instead of Roses and Preferred a Suit to a Maillot and Heels
Byline: Anna Quindlen A kid of my generation doesn't forget those rare occasions when she was permitted to stay up until midnight. I remember the Jiffy Pop rattling like maracas on the stove, a pitcher of Kool-Aid the incandescent pink of Barbie-brand...
The Rush to See It before It's Gone; Tourists Threaten Many of the World's Great Tourism Sites
Byline: Mac Margolis (With Barbie Nadeau in Naples, Sana Butler in New York and Quindlen Krovatin in Beijing) When Ernest Hemingway wrote "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," a holiday was the last thing he had in mind. Who could have known that this classic...
The Successor: Meredith's Moment; NBC Rewrites a Familiar Script on Age and Anchors
Byline: Jonathan Darman (With Johnnie L. Roberts) The TV news business can be hard on women past a certain age. Just ask Jane Pauley. She put in 13 years on the "Today" show, only to be squeezed out at 39 for Deborah Norville, eight years her junior....
The Wings of Dubai Inc. Is State Enterprise an Oxymoron? Consider the Relentless Rise of Emirates, the State Airline of Dubai, and the World's Fastest-Growing International Air Carrier
Byline: William Underhill (With Vibhuti Patel in New York) Politics in Dubai is a family affair. And sometimes so is business. Take the case of His Highness Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates Group, a travel conglomerate wholly...
This Week Online
Byline: For Karen Springen's full interview, go to xtra.NEWSWEEK.com Dr. Muriel Gillick NEWSWEEK: Americans are obsessed with "staying young." What's wrong with this approach? Harvard doctor and author, "the denial of aging": What we need...
'We Are Ready to Change'; the Israeli Leader on His Bold Plan for a New Border
Byline: Lally Weymouth Against the advice of his campaign managers, Ehud Olmert made a daring move. In the midst of the recent election campaign, he decided to tell Israeli voters that, if elected, he and his Kadima Party would pull Israeli settlers...
We Had the Love, but I Long for the Letters; When Marion Was Alive, I Never Gave It a Thought. Now I Wish I Had Her Words to Read and Reread
Byline: William Shaw (Shaw lives near Pittsburgh.) I don't believe I ever wrote my wife a letter. And I don't believe I ever received one from her. In the more than 46 wonderful years we spent together, I can't remember either of us sitting down...
When Your Paycheck Stops; Ready to Retire? Better Make Sure You Can Afford It. Here's How to Make the Most of What You've Stashed in Your Piggy Bank
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld with Patrick Crowley and Ramin Setoodeh) One day, you'll look at your money and say, "That's all there is." No paycheck, no raises--only the income you generate from the work and savings...
Win on Mac: A Sign of the Apocalypse?
Byline: Steven Levy I am experiencing the computer equivalent of an out-of-body experience. In front of me is Apple's sleek new MacBook Pro laptop computer. And on the screen is a familiar sight in an unfamiliar setting: the rolling green hill and...