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 July 14

A Question of Foul Play off the Court
Byline: Ellise Pierce and Stephanie Franks At 6 feet 10 inches and 230 pounds, Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy wasn't an easy guy to miss. He liked loud music, kept pit bulls as pets and had a history of storming off the court...
A Very Independent Woman: Patrician Heartbreaker KATHARINE HEPBURN, 96, Challenged Our Assumptions
Byline: David Ansen Amid the heartfelt tributes, the proclamations of her dignity and independence, and her importance as a role model for women, we are in danger of forgetting how wonderfully funny Katharine Hepburn was. Before she started playing...
A Wedge Is Born: Gay Marriage and 2004: For Both Parties, a Tricky Dance on an Emotional Issue
Byline: Howard Fineman and Debra Rosenberg The log cabin republicans, a gay and lesbian group, thought they had a friend in Sen. Bill Frist. As chairman of the GOP's Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2002, the Tennessean rushed from the Capitol after...
Challenging 'Extreme' Shyness: Experts Seek Causes and Cures for 'Social Anxiety'
Byline: Claudia Kalb It starts out just fine. You get invited to a party. You plan what you're going to wear, dream about whom you might meet. Then the big night arrives and, wham, the excitement sputters into nervousness. You stand around awkwardly,...
'Cirque' Dreams Big: The Once Avant-Garde Little Circus Is Now More Corporate Giant Than Street Art. Will More Shows and a Risque New Look Mean More Profits-Or Overexposure?
Byline: Steve Friess A sandpaper-throated drag queen steps gingerly through the metal bars into a mammoth steel cage. She raises her arms and thunders, "Welcome to Sex Station 69, a stress-release center for the curious!" Around her, bare-chested...
Flowers of Destruction: Poverty, Greed and a 'Silent Jihad' Revive Afghan Opium Farms
Byline: Ron Moreau And Sami Yousafzai Opium has been a lifesaver for Ghulam Shah. The 35-year-old Afghan farmer could barely feed his family on the few hundred dollars a year he earned growing wheat. But last year, liberated at last from the Taliban...
He Says and She Says
Byline: Elise Christenson It's not called "the battle of the sexes" for nothing. And pollsters, like everyone else, have tried to get to the bottom of the gender wars. The findings? Men and women think differently. Big surprise. Some of the results:...
Hope for Africa: On the Troubled Continent, Bush Will Stump for His $15 Billion AIDS Relief Plan. with Medicine and Treatment Now Cheaper and More Accessible Than Ever, 30 Million People May Stand a Chance
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley By the grim standards of sub-Saharan Africa, 18-year-old Henry Kiiaka is not doing too badly. He attended high school near Kampala, Uganda, and he now earns $30 a month helping a farmer keep his books. Sporting a wide smile...
Iraq Policy Is Broken. Fix It. the Administration's Problem Is That Calling on NATO Means Bringing France and Germany Back into the Fold. My Suggestion: Get over It
Byline: Fareed Zakaria We're utterly surprised," a senior U.N. diplomat told me. "We thought that after the war, the United States would try to dump Iraq on the world's lap and the rest of the world would object, saying, 'This is your mess, you...
Justice Rip Van Winkle: The Sour Puritanism of Scalia's Tirade Has Gotten Most of the Ink, but It's the Flagrant Politicization of His Response That Is Worthy of Censure
Byline: Anna Quindlen Bless the federal judiciary. Sure, its members are not perfect--way too many white guys to be truly representative, for one thing--but in this system we call checks and balances, appointed judges with life tenure seem to be...
Just Saying No to Junk: Kraft Announces Plans to Slim Down Its Snack Foods
Byline: Peg Tyre It's a good bet that Velveeta will never be sold in health stores, but Kraft, the country's largest food manufacturer, announced last week that it's taking some of the junk out of junk food. Citing rising rates of obesity, the cookie-...
Lying in Wait for Dean
Byline: Howard Fineman You'd think that Howard Dean's rivals would start attacking him--big time--now that his Internet-based fund-raising prowess has elevated him to what amounts to front-runner status in the Democratic presidential race. But each...
Ms. Witherspoon Goes to the Dogs
Byline: David Ansen Reese Witherspoon had an ardent, if cultish, fan club before "Legally Blonde," the sleeper hit of summer '01. But after her turn as Elle Woods, Harvard Law School's most fashion-obsessed graduate, Witherspoon became practically...
Newsmakers
Byline: Allison Samuels, Andrew Phillips Knight's Bad Day Suge Knight was arrested--again--last week, and may return to jail for violating the terms of his parole. The man who put the likes of Snoop Dogg on the hip-hop map allegedly hit a valet-parking...
Orlando Bloom: The Budding of a Heartthrob
Byline: Kate Stroup Deep in the magic kingdom, things are about to get ugly. I'm walking with Orlando Bloom down a 1,050-foot red carpet at the Disneyland premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean," between him and a hysterical horde of his prepubescent...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources From Top To Bottom, Left To Right: Reuters, The Washington Post, New York Post, Palm Beach Post, New York Post (2), Reuters, The Sun (London), New York Post, Associated Press, Daily News "Bring them on." President George...
Suddenly, 'Family Guy'
Byline: Devin Gordon For ten years, the late-night TV battle has raged between Jay Leno and David Letterman, but at the moment, both of them are getting whipped by a toy-factory worker from Rhode Island named Peter Griffin. (You didn't think we...
Test Yourself: What Do You Know about Cholesterol?
Byline: Adapted from the National Cholesterol Education Program. For more information, see nhlbi.nih.gov/chd. THE RIGHT STUFF TRUE or FALSE? 1. The body needs cholesterol. 2. The best way to reduce cholesterol is to limit cholesterol-rich...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Remember the scene in "Sleeper" when a researcher from the future observes that everything Woody Allen thought was unhealthy is actually good for him? I was reminded of that fantasy when our health team suggested a cover story...
The General Nobody Knows: The Charismatic Chief of Northern Command Takes Charge of Homeland Troops
Byline: Michael Hirsh It's a blistering day on the plains of Colorado, and Gen. Ed Eberhart strides into his brand-new "situational awareness center" at Northern Command. Eberhart may be the most powerful man in America nobody has really heard of:...
These Girls Got Game: Women Reach the Final B-Ball Frontier: The Playground
Byline: Vanessa Juarez The other players on the sun-drenched court at Benny Babcock Park have six to 10 inches on Gretel Martinez. Some of them must be almost double her weight, 110 pounds soaking wet, which she is right now in the 110-degree heat...
The Sweetest Revenge: Talk of a 'Jewish Renaissance' Where Hitler Once Ruled
Byline: Stefan Theil When Shlomo Afanasev and his parents set out to make a new life for themselves late last year, they had choices. The country where they lived--Uzbekistan--was an economic basket case, and its 2,000-year-old Jewish community...
The Tax on Free Speech: Companies Have to Be Able to Speak out Openly on Major Public Issues without Fearing That They Might Be Sued for False Advertising
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson To anyone concerned about free speech, the failure of the Supreme Court to rule on a case brought by Nike Inc. is more than disappointing. It's a disaster. Just about the last people you'd want to put in charge of the...
The Terminator's Next Big Act: Californians Threaten to Recall Their Governor. Here Comes Arnold
Byline: Karen Breslau Charlotte Christiana is a true-blue California Republican. She is against abortion, gun control and "environmental wackos." She wants tighter immigration laws--and a governor who "will get in there and cut some of those social...
Those Hand Gestures Didn't Mean 'Hello': It Took Me Far Too Long to Admit I Was a Danger on the Road. How Many More like Me Are Still Driving?
Byline: Ruth G. Nedbor If cars are inspected periodically to be proved roadworthy, why aren't drivers? About two months ago I watched my car wag its bumper at me as it was dragged away by a tow truck, and I knew I was waving goodbye to my last car....
Trailer Chic: Go Vintage
Byline: Paul Tolme Mike Conner used to be a hard-core tent camper. As a kid, he pitched camp around Arkansas; in college, he backpacked through the Colorado Rockies and portaged around northern Minnesota. But since he met his wife, Noel, the proud...
Wars without End: Man-Made Catastrophies-In Congo, Liberia and Other War Zones-Also Cry out for Action. A Glimpse in the Abyss
Byline: Tom Masland Joseph, a 28-year-old communications student in Denmark, hadn't heard from his father in eight years. Then came a letter, smuggled out of the forests of eastern Congo in April. "We recently learned that you are still alive,"...
World without 'White'
Byline: Peter Bailey Dr. Noel Ignatiev, a historian and professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has been called one of the 10 most dangerous minds in America--all because of his theories on race. Ignatiev's book, "How the Irish Became White,"...
You Want Statins with That? It's Summertime and the Eating Is Easy. as You Throw More Red Meat on the Grill, You Know That Little Pill Will Keep Your Cholesterol Down. but Could It Also Stop Alzheimer's?
Byline: David Noonan Jim Moviel never met an egg roll he didn't like. His list of favorite foods also includes garlic chicken wings smothered in bluecheese dressing, and mashed potatoes made with real butter and whole milk. Indeed, the 45-year-old...