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 February 13

Ask the Pro
Byline: Linda Stern Tamara Draut, author of "Strapped: Why America's 20-and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead," spoke to TIP SHEET's Linda Stern about how the young can save. What's the problem with kids today? Struggling to make ends meet is...
Battling the Aryan Brothers; Prosecutors Bid to Break Up a Vicious Prison Gang
Byline: Sarah Childress Barry Byron Mills is a bank robber who will spend the rest of his life in prison. An alleged leader of the notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, Mills stabbed a fellow inmate to death with a handmade knife 27 years ago,...
Behind Oscar's Door; the Academy First Saw the Nominations during an All-Night, High-Security Strategy Session. We Watched
Byline: Sean Smith While Reese Witherspoon and Heath Ledger slept, about 30 people already knew the actors' fates. Each year, on the Monday night before the Oscar nominations are announced, a small band of staff at the Academy of Motion Picture...
Can Amazon Catch Apple? the Former Leader in Online Retailing Was Beaten Badly by iTunes. but It Has a Few Tricks of Its Own
Byline: Brad Stone It's ok to feel sorry for internet CEOs these days. In the past month, investors with lofty expectations have punished the stocks of such companies as Yahoo, eBay and Google. But no one seems to be having a harder time than Amazon...
Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006: 'The First Lady of the Movement'
Byline: Ellis Cose You know every Napoleon has his Waterloo. I'm like Napoleon. I'm at my Waterloo, and I'm on my knees." For an opening line, it was worse than lame. Fortunately for Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott did not slam down the phone....
Devoted and Defiant; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Says He Doesn't Want Nuclear Weapons. the World Is Suspicious. How Dangerous Is He?
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh and Christopher Dickey (With Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh in Washington, Rod Nordland in Vienna, Alan Isenberg in New York, Stefan Theil in Berlin and Stryker Mcguire in London) Born to a blacksmith, educated as a...
Exclusive: Can the President Order a Killing on U.S. Soil?
Byline: Mark Hosenball In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United...
God's Green Soldiers; A New Call to Combat Global Warming Triggers Soul-Searching and Controversy among Evangelicals
***** CORRECTION: In the Feb. 13 article "God's Green Soldiers," we incorrectly identified James Dobson as a reverend. He in fact has a Ph.D. in child psychology and goes by Dr. Dobson. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: Karen Breslau...
Google and the China Syndrome; the Businesses Know That Building Censorship into Their Search Engines Violates Their Principles
Byline: Steven Levy Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat and Holocaust survivor, had a message to Yahoo, Microsoft and Google at a public briefing last week: "These massively successful high-tech companies... should be ashamed." He was speaking...
Islam and Power; Is President Bush's Plan to Spread Democracy Turning into a Fiasco? It Doesn't Have to. but It Does Need to Change
Byline: Fareed Zakaria George W. Bush is not a man for second thoughts, but even he might have had some recently. Ever since 9/11, Bush has made the promotion of democracy in the Middle East the center-piece of his foreign policy, and doggedly pushed...
Modernism's Heavy Metal; David Smith Brought Grace to the Toughness of Steel
Byline: Peter Plagens Whatever happened to modern sculpture? It started in the early 1900s with the amazing semi-abstract heads by Picasso and Brancusi. Then at midcentury came those haunting, existentially elongated human figures by Giacometti...
Money Guide: How to Pick a Planner
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reported by: Temma Ehrenfeld, Ramin Setoodeh and Raina Kelley) Financial planning is hot. The more people worry about their money, the more they look for experts to help them straighten things out. Supply is rising to...
Murdoch's New Groove; A Conversation with the News Corp. Chairman, Who's Emerged as a Leader in Digital Media after Some Smart Bets
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts Keith Rupert Murdoch may be 74 years old, but the way he sees it, he's got a young man's fingertips for what's cool. Last year the News Corp. chairman acquired MySpace.com, the wildly popular social-networking site, for...
Newsmakers; Issue Dated Feb. 13, 2006
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Jac Chebatoris, Devin Gordon TIM BURTON Tim Burton's wonderful stop- motion film "Corpse Bride" received an Oscar nomination last week for best animated feature. He chatted with Nicki Gostin. Would I sound like a cheesy...
Perspectives
Byline: QUOTATION SOURCES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: NEW YORK TIMES, REUTERS (3), CHICAGOTRIBUNE.COM, ASSOCIATED PRESS, LIVEDAILY.COM, ASSOCIATED PRESS (2) "America is addicted to oil." President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union...
Picking His Pockets; the White House Is Eager to Sell the State of the Union Agenda. but There's One Hitch: The President's Sales Force Is Getting Distracted by Campaign 2008
Byline: Richard Wolffe (With Holly Bailey) The day after his state of the union address, President George W. Bush was where he loves to be: campaigning onstage in Red State America. Not just any stage, but the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where...
Reform, Washington Style; How an Eight-Term Congressman with Extensive Ties to K Street Became the New Face of the House Republican Party
Byline: Holly Bailey and Eleanor Clift Like any good politician, John Boehner knew how to read his audience. Early last week the Republican Study Committee, an influential group of congressional conservatives, got together for a private audition....
Still Haunted by What Could Have Happened; Our Kids Are Too Savvy for the Stranger-with-Candy Routine. but I Know Danger Isn't Always So Obvious
Byline: Kathy Sena (SENA lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif.) I was hanging out at the bookstore at the mall, snooping through the teen magazines, when he sidled up next to me. "You're very pretty. You could be a model, you know," he said, pointing...
The Editor's Desk; Issue Dated Feb. 13, 2006
Byline: Mark Whitaker Twenty years ago, when they were slaughtering each other in one of the bloodiest wars of recent times, you'd hear mordant jokes about not being able to tell the difference between Iran and Iraq. Today, it's hardly a laughing...
The Truthiness Teller; Stephen Colbert Loves This Country like He Loves Himself. Comedy Central's Hot News Anchor Is a Goofy Caricature of Our Blustery Culture. but He's Starting to Make Sense
Byline: Marc Peyser (With Holly Bailey, Jonathan Darman and Jac Chebatoris) We live in a dangerous world. Fortunately, we've got Stephen Colbert fighting on our side. Colbert defends America when lesser men cut and run. Got a problem with White...
Turning Fake News into Real Careers; for Decades, If You Wanted to Make It in the Comedy Game, You Started at 'SNL.' but Now 'The Daily Show' Is Building a Better Pipeline
Byline: Devin Gordon Here's a trivia question: who was the host of "The Daily Show" when Stephen Colbert got his start as a correspondent? Need a hint? It wasn't Jon Stewart. "The show's gotten much more thoughtful and timely since Jon arrived,"...
U.K. Pets Get 'Freedoms'; Humans Need Freedom from Government Supervision of All Dealings between People, or between People and Tropical Fish
Byline: George F. Will One thinks twice, even thrice, before using in a magazine as decorous as NEWSWEEK the four-letter F word that causes so much discord. But words should not be minced. So, what is being done for British pets is just not fair...
Will Israel Strike Iran? the X Factor: Israel's Military Planners Say They Know How to Forestall Tehran's Nuclear Schemes. the Options-And Their Cost
Byline: Kevin Peraino and John Barry As scary as the idea may sound, the Israelis may not be bluffing. Their defense experts display no doubt whatsoever that Israel's Air Force can cripple Iran's nuclear program if necessary. The trick, they say,...