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 November 8

A Guided Tour of Disney's Horrors; on the Stand, Michael Ovitz Describes a Culture of Backstabbing and Trap Doors
Byline: David J. Jefferson When Michael Ovitz was still in high school, he landed his first job in Hollywood as a tour guide at Universal Studios. Carting visitors around in a diesel-fueled "Glamour Tram," Ovitz captivated his audience with behind-the-scenes...
A Long Shadow; Bush V. Gore Roiled a Nation. It's Back-And, Given Rehnquist's Health, Looming Larger Than Ever
Byline: Debra Rosenberg (With Stuart Taylor) At a reunion with his former law clerks in May, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was in a reflective mood. As more than a hundred clerks and other guests dined in an elegant room at the court,...
America's Assignment; What Will We Face in the Next Four Years? the Former Secretary of State on the Global Challenges Ahead
Byline: Henry A. Kissinger As these lines are being written, the election process is still in full swing. But this week, barring another deadlocked outcome, the campaign that has mesmerized America will be over. What will remain are the challenges...
A Whole New Rap; Jin May Be the First Asian-American Hip-Hop Star
Byline: Lorraine Ali Jin knows better than most that your success as a rapper depends almost entirely on your delivery--even when people expect that delivery to be lemon chicken with a side of rice. "I'd show up at these M.C. battles with my book...
Books: Mind Your Manners!
Byline: Elise Soukup Tis the season to be... polite. A spate of new etiquette guides is being released to instruct readers on subjects ranging from how to set a dinner table to the correct way to propose without a ring. "Right now there's really...
Clinton: Ready for His Close-Up
Byline: Karen Breslau Visitors to the Clinton Presidential Library, which opens Nov. 18 in Little Rock, Ark., won't have to search in some far corner to learn about the 42nd president's impeachment. Instead, it will be dealt with openly in a ground-floor...
Design: The Oven of Your Dreams
Byline: Anna Kuchment Jane Freiman is crazy about her new Viking wall oven. The other night she made crisp sirloin steaks worthy of a chophouse. "You can get the rack extra-close to the heating element," she says. Later this month the New York City-based...
Extraordinary People; Pixar's Back with the Dashing, but Troubling, 'Incredibles'
Byline: Jeff Giles Pixar's new movie, "The Incredibles," is rated PG rather than G, like the company's famous exposes on the secret lives of toys, bugs, monsters and fish. Given the place Pixar occupies in our culture, one capital letter is unlikely...
For a Happy Marriage, Treat Hubby like Fido; the Idea That Men Are Simple Creatures Who Need to Be 'Handled' Sends Both Sexes Hurtling Back to the '50S
Byline: James Sherman (Sherman lives in Chicago.) When I first noticed the title of the book "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands," on The New York Times best-seller list last spring, I assumed that it was the kind of humorous little throwaway...
'He Believed He Was Everything'; First It Was the Flu, Then Stomach Pains, Then Arafat Was on a Plane to Paris for Treatment of a Mysterious Sickness. If He Dies, He'll Leave a Dangerous Vacuum
Byline: Dan Ephron (With Joanna Chen in Jerusalem, Samir Zedan in Ramallah and Eric Pape and Tracy McNicoll in Paris) During most of last Thursday Yasir Arafat wouldn't hear of leaving his West Bank headquarters for medical treatment abroad. Though...
Hell to Pay; Whoever Wins, the Road Ahead in Iraq Is Rough. Both Bush and Kerry Have Plans That Depend on Newly Trained Iraqis. but Insurgents Are Killing Recruits, and Infiltrating the Forces. A Report from the Front
Byline: Rod Nordland, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Michael Hirsh (With John Barry, Daniel Klaidman and Michael Isikoff in Washington and Christopher Dickey in New York) Sgt. Jonathan Scarfe, a broad-shouldered U.S. Marine with a square jaw and a 5 o'clock...
Jihad without Borders; Foreign Fighters Have Been Traveling to Iraq Via Damascus
Byline: Tom Masland Ali's sense of outrage moved him to sign up. The thought of U.S. troops around the holy shrines of Karbala and Najaf "made me sick," says the 25-year-old Lebanese Shiite. So a few months ago he joined a group of 50 or so men...
Let's Talk about Sex; Kinsey's Legacy Lives on in a New Movie and in the Work of Scientists Who Study Our Intimate Acts
Byline: Claudia Kalb (With Karen Springen, Ellise Pierce and Joan Raymond) Sex isn't always fun. Just ask Jeffrey Deckham, who volunteered to have his brain scanned while he lay flat on his back inside an MRI machine watching erotic video clips....
Missing Explosives: Did the Military Ignore Warnings?
***** CORRECTION: In the Nov. 8 issue, we misattributed the photo for the Periscope item "Did the Military Ignore Warnings?" Rather than AFP-Getty, the photo credit should have indicated KSTP-TV, LCC. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline:...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Jac Chebatoris, Devin Gordon Q&A: Nicollette Sheridan It's been 18 years since Nicollette Sheridan, 41, arrived as the devious Paige Matheson on "Knots Landing." Now she's heating up our TV dinners again as the local...
Our 'Kindness Deficit' of Care; We Ration Health Care, Harshly, by Income and Price. People with Money Get Topnotch Treatment. Those without Scramble for What They Can Get
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) After the third presidential debate, the plight of those without health insurance vanished from political sight. No surprise there. Lack of medical care represents a moral lapse that...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: New York Times, Herald-Tribune, Associated Press (2), Sun-Sentinel, Boston Globe, Associated Press (2), Reuters, Associated Press, New York Daily News "Your security is not in the hands...
Politics: Leave No Hispanic Behind
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores While the Anglo airwaves buzzed with a final blitz of ads from the Bush and Kerry campaigns, a parallel war was raging on Spanish-language TV and radio. In a Bush TV spot released last week, the narrator poses a choice...
Reversal of Fortune
Byline: Mark Starr I am a denizen of Red Sox nation, a lifer who can recall every crushing moment of my fandom. My stomach ties up in knots at the thought of the '86 World Series against the New York Mets--one out away, with the champagne bottle...
Snap Judgement: Music
Byline: Lorraine Ali, Jeff Giles, Jac Chebatoris R.U.L.E. Ja Rule Sensitive thug Ja Rule almost retired after his 2002 hip-hop domination gave way to an ugly beef with 50 Cent and sluggish sales on his next album. But "R.U.L.E." finds Ja back...
Terrorism: Tale of the Tape; as Fresh Hopes of Closing in on Osama Bin Laden Fizzle, He Pops Up to Taunt Us. Behind the Quest to Reel Him In
Byline: Michael Isikoff, Mark Hosenball and Richard Wolffe (With Tamara Lipper with Bush, Zahid Hussain, Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai in Islamabad) Just a few weeks ago, America's finest intel agents and analysts believed they might be on the verge...
The Curse of the Show Killers; Is It Really Possible That the Mere Presence of Certain Actors or Actresses Can Doom a TV Show? Meet an Elite Cadre Who Are Living, and Often Thriving, despite Conspiracy Theories
Byline: Marc Peyser (With Anne Taulane) After years of breathing HBO's fumes, Showtime thinks it may finally have a drama worth talking about. "Huff" stars Hank Azaria as a psychiatrist with more problems than his patients. He's got a racist mother...
The Deflation of Politics; Elections Matter, but Their Reverberations Are Limited. Governments Change; for Most People, the Basic Conditions of Life Do Not
Byline: George F. Will PRESIDENT, n . The leading figure in a small group of men of whom--and of whom only--it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President. --Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker It's a cold, overcast, drizzly day in Boston. My wife and I are here visiting our freshman daughter at college, and I've gone for a run along the Charles River. Along the way, I pass a steady stream of Red Sox fans, all wearing...
The Pods Just Keep on Coming; Most Significant Is the Relationship Apple Has Forged with One of the Elite Figures of Rock and Roll
Byline: Steven Levy Steve Jobs is feeling rather vindicated these days. "The iPod is three years old," says the Apple CEO. "When we started this, nobody knew what it was, or they didn't believe it would be a big hit." But last week at San Jose's...
The President's Pile of Problems; Time to Confront the Government's Addiction to Borrowing. Those Long-Term Problems We've Pushed into the Future Are Now Short Term
Byline: Allan Sloan (Sloan is NEWSWEEK's Wall Street editor. His e-mail is sloan@panix.com.) The endless months of spinning and rhetoric are finally over. No more appealing to your fears about how your finances and prospects will suffer if the other...