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. 150, No. 25, December 17

A Change in the Wind
Byline: Lorraine Ali 'The Kite Runner': A film adaptation so intent on authenticity, the book's characters now speak in Dari. THE KITE RUNNER" HAS BEEN PUBLISHED in dozens of countries -- and bootlegged in several more. But the trickiest translation...
A Musical That's A Cut Above
Byline: MARC PEYSER 'Sweeney Todd': In this version of Sondheim's classic, Johnny Depp is singing in the pain. THERE WILL BE BLOOD THIS HOLIDAY season, and it won't all be spilled in the Texas brush or California's oilfields. Drop for drop, the...
A New American Holy War
Byline: Jon Meacham; With Sarah Kliff The speech was written, the stagecraft set. Last Wednesday evening, about 12 hours before he was to speak on faith and public life as the guest of George H.W. Bush in College Station, Texas, Mitt Romney was...
Anh Duong, out of Debt
Byline: George F. Will Such are history's caroms -- she was involved in the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of the War on Terror. History, said Emerson, is "the biography of a few stout and earnest persons." But history also is a story...
A Pastor's True Calling
Byline: Holly Bailey And Michael Isikoff; With Gretel C. Kovach, Sarah Elkins, Suzanne Smalley And Sarah Kliff Huckabee's success is due, in part, to right-time, right-place luck. But he says it comes from above. For the Rev. Mike Huckabee, the...
Black and White and Read All Over
Byline: RAMIN SETOODEH 'Persepolis': A cartoon about revolutionary Iran -- is that a joke? No. But it's funny. And smart. MARJANE SATRAPI LIKES TO play Ping-Pong in a garden near her Paris house, but if she ever challenges you to a game, bring...
Bless This Bottled Water
Byline: Lisa Miller 'Water is life,' says Sister Mary Zirbes. 'It really should not be a commodity to be bought and sold.' You need only go back to the first chapter of Genesis to see how elemental water is to the observance of faith: "And the...
Click and Cut in the Virtual OR
Byline: Jerry Adler A tracheotomy to put a breathing tube in the throat of an infant can be a risky procedure, says Dr. Court Cutting, a leading plastic surgeon at New York University Medical Center; it runs the danger of cutting the superior thyroid...
Disparate Doctrines: Two Faiths in Conflict
The tension between evangelicals and Mormons is as old as the Mormon Church itself. While the two religions share similarly conservative social values, their beliefs clash when it comes to some of the most fundamental aspects of Christianity. The critical...
Dreams and Suitcases
Byline: Anne Underwood An attic in a former insane asylum offers a vivid reminder of the ways we've treated the mentally ill. It was a chilly afternoon in April 1995, just weeks before the Willard Psychiatric Center in upstate New York was set...
Fatah's War on Hamas
Byline: Kevin Peraino; With Nuha Musleh In Ramallah And Mark Hosenball In Washington Palestinian spooks are finding inventive ways to undermine the Islamists in the Gaza Strip. On most mornings in early November, if you had stepped into the Delice...
Just like A Rock Star
Byline: N'Gai Croal There are few things that strike fear into the hearts of holiday shoppers as effectively as trying to shop for videogames. Many grown-ups aren't particularly knowledgeable about games, which means that they regularly run the...
Mail Call
When Giuliani was growing up 'Rudy's Roots': Readers of our profile on how Rudy Giuliani's complicated upbringing helped shape him questioned his credibility and electability. "He comes across as a self-serving bully whose sense of loyalty is a...
Make Iran an Offer It Might Refuse
Byline: Fareed Zakaria In fact, Tehran has been less messianic and stubborn about its nuclear development than Pakistan, India or China. The National Intelligence Estimate on Iran has upended the Bush administration's policy toward that country....
Making A Killing in Oil
Byline: David Ansen 'There Will Be Blood': A fierce California tycoon loves money almost as much as he hates everything else. I PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE SHOT the movie if Daniel Day-Lewis had turned me down," says director Paul Thomas Anderson...
Mukasey on the Spot
Byline: Michael Isikoff, Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh The CIA revealed last week that it had destroyed tapes of Al Qaeda detainees being questioned despite at least three official requests for evidence relating to the agency's interrogation...
My Christmas Confessions
Byline: Kathleen Deveny; With Raina Kelley Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo in the opening line of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." It's a sentiment that lives on at my house, 139 years later. But while Jo was hoping...
Patti LaBelle, with Hot Sauce
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Patti LaBelle is a "coach" on "Clash of the Choirs," a reality show where celebrities assemble their own choirs and viewers pick the best one. (This is why the writers' strike must end.) She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. Where...
Perspectives
Byline: Source: New York Times, AP, Daily News (New York), Telegraph (U.K.), Fox, YouTube (2), BBC, AP, Reuters, AP "I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause and no one interest." Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney,...
Review: 'Charlie Wilson's War'
Byline: DAVID ANSEN Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. You thought it was Ronald Reagan who brought down the Soviet empire? Or maybe Mikhail Gorbachev? "Charlie Wilson's War" tells...
Review: 'Persepolis'
Byline: David Ansen Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. With voices of Gabrielle Lopes, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. A wonderful spirit -- defiant, funny, tender, self-mocking -- suffuses "Persepolis," the entrancing...
Review: 'Sweeney Todd'
Byline: David Ansen Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen. The first thing to be said about Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" is that it's quite faithful to Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical...
Review: 'The Great Debaters'
Byline: David Ansen Directed by Denzel Washington. Starring Washington, Forest Whitaker, Denzel Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Jermaine Williams. Stirring, likable and unashamedly formulaic, "The Great Debaters" is a fictionalized account...
Review: 'The Kite Runner'
Byline: David Ansen Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Khalid Abdalla, Zekiria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada. If "Atonement" hadn't already been taken, Khaled Hosseini could have used it as a title for his novel "The Kite Runner," whose...
Review: 'There Will Be Blood'
Byline: David AnsenDavid Ansen Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano. Paul Thomas Anderson's extraordinary "There Will Be Blood" is a radical departure for the director of "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia." Though...
Saying 'Adios' to Spanglish
Byline: Leticia Salais; Salais Lives In Tucson. Growing up, I wanted nothing to do with my heritage. My kids made me see how wrong that was. Ninos, vengan a comer. my 18-month-old son pops out from behind the couch and runs to his high chair....
Snow Domes and Crystal Balls
Byline: Sharon Begley Traditionalists and upstarts are facing off over the best way to forecast winter weather. Just when we were thinking that winter heating bills might not bankrupt us after all -- the official seasonal forecast from the federal...
Sports Biz's Double Play
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts How execs Brett and Michael Yormark are rewriting the rules of pro athletics. Siblings are a common sight in the sports world: quarterbacks Payton and Eli Manning, tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, football twins...
Starting from Scratch
Byline: Howard Fineman There's much wrong with how America trades on its status in the world, says Ron Paul. He's got fixes. Attention must be paid to Dr. Ron Paul, the 110-proof libertarian in the Republican race. He's had a surprisingly strong...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Holly Bailey, at least, is not stunned by Mike Huckabee's surge. Holly, who coauthored our cover profile of Huckabee with Michael Isikoff, has been following the former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist minister for months....
The Last of Her Breed
Byline: David Gates ELIZABETH HARDWICK, 1916-2007 It is June. This is what I have decided to do with my life just now. I will do this work and lead this life, the one I am leading today. Each morning the blue clock and the crocheted bedspread,...
The Winter of N.Y.'S Discontent
Byline: Daniel Gross Shakespeare in the Park, the annual star-studded summer theater series in Central Park, may have shuttered months ago, but New York is still in a Shakespearean mood. For this is shaping up to be the winter of our discontent....
'This Is Who Mike Huckabee Is'
Byline: Holly Bailey In a NEWSWEEK interview, the Iowa front runner talks faith. Mike Huckabee is far removed from where he stood this summer: in single digits in Iowa polls and barely registering nationally. Now, less than a month before the...
'Twas the Month before Iowa ... by Jonathan Alter
Clinton and Edwards have got only a week or two before holiday cheer makes their attacks look Grinchy. It was an "October Surprise" -- an unexpected, transforming political event -- in December, and a happy one. What a relief to know the U.S. government...
Vegetarian Convictions
Byline: Daniel Stone When Luther Hill was sent to prison in 2001, he knew there'd be some lifestyle changes. But he didn't expect his diet to be one of them. "I was surprised by the availability of better, healthier food," says Hill, 42, who is...
War, Peace & Nichols
Byline: CATHLEEN MCGUIGAN This holiday season, the multiplex will be haunted by the ghosts of movie locations past. First stop on our magical history tour: 1980s Afghanistan -- and Texas -- via 'Charlie Wilson's War.' ANY HACK CAN FILM A SEX...
Washington University
Byline: Allison Samuels 'The Great Debaters': Denzel and a sharp young cast help a standard underdog picture sit up and speak. OPRAH WINFREY HAS HAD HER sights on Denzel Washington for a while, but then again, who hasn't? The difference is that...
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Byline: Jessica Bennett The Internet is good at shame. There are countless Web sites where people can post nasty rants about ex-lovers and rude customers or, worse, push fragile teens over the edge, as in the recent case of a Missouri girl driven...
When Adoption Goes Wrong
Byline: Pat Wingert; With Anna Nemtsova In Moscow Most Americans who adopt children from other countries find joy. But others aren't prepared for the risks -- and may find themselves overwhelmed. Peggy Hilt wanted to be a good mother. But day...
Wife of the Preacher Man
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores; With Holly Bailey Janet Huckabee isn't shooting from the hip ... for now. In Iowa last week, Mike Huckabee's wife, Janet, seemed docile and shy, a model of marital devotion. She stood in the shadows behind her husband...