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. 156, No. 18, November 1

A Pyrrhic Victory in France
Byline: Tracy McNicoll Nicolas Sarkozy may well win his pension battle against the unions, but the French president will have little cause to celebrate. After weeks of strikes, fuel blockades, and street protests, the Senate finally passed his austerity...
China's Wealth Worries
Byline: Rana Foroohar Why they'll cause headaches for America. Is China rich, or is it poor? The question is at the heart of the deterioration in U.S.-China relations over the last few months. So many of the things that America is asking China...
Digg This
Byline: Daniel Lyons A cautionary tale for Web 2.0 companies. Four years ago Kevin Rose, the boyish, 20-something founder of Digg, was on the cover of BusinessWeek under a headline that screamed HOW THIS KID MADE $60 MILLION IN 18 MONTHS. Digg...
FDR Has Suffered This, Too
Byline: Julian E. Zelizer Just when Democrats think they're making headway, voters send them a midterm message. President Obama has warned Democratic voters not to be apathetic. "If the other side does win," he told an audience in Wisconsin on...
Food Swing
Byline: Jennie Yabroff Grass-fed beef, biodynamic wine, molecular gastronomy, siphoned coffee--it's amazing how much our tastes have changed in just the last few years. Or have they? A writer declares in The New York Times that Americans eat...
Keep Dreaming
Byline: Eleanor Clift The GOP hasn't won yet -- What it would take for the Dems to get re-fired up and score a big midterms upset. Democrats have this fantasy that millions of voters, mostly the young and people of color who elected Barack Obama,...
Mouth of Hell
Byline: Barbie Nadeau Could probing a volcano under Naples avert disaster or cause it? The area around Naples is called the Campi Flegrei: the Burning Fields. The ancient Romans said the entrance to Hades was here, and to this day it remains...
Musical Chairs
Byline: Daniel Stone Washington may look very different after the midterms. The GOP is favored to win control of the House, which would put John Boehner in the speaker's chair and allow Republicans to head every committee. That will cause the White...
Pot and the GOP
Byline: Eve Conant Is the party of 'Just Say No' morphing into the party of 'Just Say Grow'? Ann Lee, a Texas Republican and devout Catholic, thought marijuana was the "weed of the devil." Like so many Americans, Lee believed pot was a dangerous...
Privacy Is Dead
Byline: Jessica Bennett What can you learn about a person from an e-mail address? A lot, it turns out. Welcome to the credit score of the future. Imagine you're an employer, looking to hire me for a job. You subscribe to a Web site that gives...
The Bully Pulpit
Byline: Joshua Alston TV is full of gay role models these days, but they won't solve the problem. You may have heard about (or seen) the city-council meeting in Ft. Worth, Texas, that took a turn for the viral. Councilman Joel Burns used his...
The Mind of the Marginal Voter
Byline: Sharon Begley The issues that energized new voters in '08 haven't been resolved completely by the man they put in the White House. For Democrats hoping to pull off the electoral equivalent of an interception at the goal line with one...
The New Bin Laden
Byline: Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau, and Christopher Dickey The terrorist behind recent scares in Europe and America has a grim record--and a knack for staying alive. Evil geniuses are a rare breed, even in the ranks of Al Qaeda. Those few who...
The Prematurity Puzzle
Byline: Jeneen Interlandi Research on early births could hold clues to disorders like autism and cerebral palsy. Every year approximately 12.9 million babies--roughly 10 percent of all newborns around the world--are born too early, which is to...
The Queen of Denial
Byline: Louisa Thomas Even with few facts, Schiff brings Cleopatra back to life. What does anyone really know about Cleopatra? Her Alexandria is underwater, her appearance a mystery, her childhood a blank. Early chroniclers of her life wrote...
'There's Nothing Going On'
Byline: Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau Senior Afghan Taliban chiefs flatly deny recent reports that insurgent leaders have sent secret peace feelers to Kabul. "How many times do we have to tell you there's nothing going on?" asks a senior member...
The Tale of the Rich Jazz Pianist
Byline: Seth Colter Walls If Jason Moran won't sell out for a $500,000 MacArthur grant, he never will. Jason Moran is wise in a couple of ways. There's the brilliant-musician thing, what with his being equally adept at interpreting Thelonious...
What Good Are Friends?
Byline: Nick Summers and Michael Picon When it comes to getting elected, they're not everything. Social networking is an important political tool (see @SenJohnMcCain's 1.7 million Twitter followers), but in the 2010 midterms it's just one of many...
Why the Midterms Matter
Byline: Jonathan Alter The GOP's agenda has to be stopped. Prediction is an addiction in the press corps. We can search for the key to the Keystone State with sophisticated cross tabs of projected African-American turnout for Joe Sestak in Philadelphia....
Yes, They Can
Byline: Daniel Stone, Eleanor Clift, and Andrew Romano In 2008 Barack Obama soared to victory on the promise of change, and experts declared that a new era of Democratic dominance had begun. Now, only two years later, it looks as though voters want...