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 5

America's Most Wanted; in a New Book, a Right-Wing Critic Blames the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11 on Left-Wing Politicians, Movie Stars and Activists
Byline: Jerry Adler In 2004, when Sen. Ted Kennedy was temporarily grounded by the appearance of a certain "T. Kennedy" on the No-Fly List, it was treated as an amusing bureaucratic snafu. But is it possible the government was on to something? Dinesh...
A Reluctant Rebel's Yell; from Vietnam to Capitol Hill, Chuck Hagel Has Never Been Afraid to Fight. Now He Talks about What Could Be His Biggest Battle Yet: A Run for the White House
Byline: Jonathan Darman (With Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey) Chuck Hagel wears pain on his face. The senior senator from Nebraska earned two Purple Hearts in Vietnam, where a mine blew out his eardrums and delivered a sharp burn up the left side...
BeliefWatch: Slaughter
Byline: Lisa Miller The ancient Jews did it. So did the Romans and the Aztecs. Sacrificing an animal to please or placate God or the gods has been commonplace for many thousands of years. Still, it's a little bit shocking when we see the practice...
Certain about the Unknown; as Winter Turns to Summer, Iowa to New Hampshire, Candidates to Nominees, Myths Could Be Dispelled, or Turn into Conventional Wisdom
Byline: Anna Quindlen Presidential campaigns are like the surface of the earth. Layers accumulate slowly over time. Soon the assumptions of today will be buried under strata of primary contests, opposition slime and debate fallout. Voters will find...
Comics: An Obama Problem
Byline: Nick Summers Pundits, donors, opponents red and blue--everyone's getting ready for a Barack Obama presidential bid. But one group is still unprepared: the nation's comedians, who say the pol appears almost invulnerable to caricature. How...
Don't Forget to Fix Social Security
Byline: Allan Sloan Sometimes what people don't say about a topic is more interesting than what they do say. Consider, if you will, President Bush's State of the Union message. Social Security--the focus of his speech two years ago--got only a few...
Geeksta Rap Rising; Isn't It Time Somebody Represented for the Clark Kents of the World? Nerdcore Hip-Hop Says 'Darn Straight!' and Don't Think This Stuff Is Parody
Byline: Brian Braiker Bryce Case Jr. sounds like your stereotypical street-tough rapper. In 1999 he was convicted of vandalism, put on probation and slapped with a hefty restitution (between $50,000 and $60,000). He dropped out of high school to...
He Calls Himself God; A Puerto Rican Minister Says Christ 'Integrated' with Him. Others Call Him a Cult Leader and a Charlatan
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores At first glance, the congregation gathered in a warehouse in Doral, Fla., seems like a typical Hispanic evangelical group. There's the 10-piece band, the singing and swaying, the whooping and hollering. But look a little...
Let's Not Hide Health Costs
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson We are awash in health-care proposals. President Bush has one. So does California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has a plan, as does a coalition led by Families USA (a liberal advocacy group) and...
Many a Hurdle for Hillary
Byline: Howard Fineman So far, so good for Hillary Clinton. She launched her presidential campaign with a smooth professionalism that reminded me of George W. Bush's debut eight years ago. The technology has changed (Web chats vs. a chartered-plane...
New Fears: The Return of a Superterrorist
Byline: Mark Hosenball, Maziar Bahari and Joanna Chen Before Osama bin Laden, there was Imad Mughniyeh. The Lebanese terrorist from Hizbullah was considered the most dangerous in the world. Now the White House worries that he's back, after years...
New Hampshire before New Year's? the Front-Loading of Primaries-Meant to Help Pick a Nominee Quickly-May Backfire
Byline: Jonathan Alter I saw Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago last week, and he used a political term from the past: "Favorite son." Until the '60s, local party leaders would often keep their powder dry before a nominating convention by pledging their...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin Q&A: DREW BARRYMORE Barrymore plays a neurotic lyricist in the upcoming romantic comedy "Music and Lyrics." She spoke to Nicki Gostin. Do you do your own singing in this movie? Yeah. I've always been the person...
'Of Course We Worry'; Two Mideast Leaders, Sunni and Shiite, Agree America Cannot Abandon Iraq Now
Byline: Lally Weymouth In any discussion of who might replace Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki if he fails to bring peace to Baghdad, the name of Adel Abdul Mahdi comes up. But the Shiite vice president may be a slim reed to lean on. In an interview...
One Son's Choice: Love or Country? Our Reluctance to Accept Gay Marriage Forces People to Move Away from Their Homes and Their Families
Byline: Nadine Chaffee (Chaffee lives in Boise, Idaho.) My son cameron is a model American citizen. He is a hardworking, tax-paying, law-abiding young man. An honor student, a National Merit Scholar, a dean's list mainstay. He is liked by his teachers,...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources: The Washington Post, NPR, Boston Globe, New York Times (3), AP, New York Times, AP, Reuters "Let us find our resolve and turn events toward victory." President George W. Bush, asking Congress to give his Iraq plan "a...
Pop Art's Poppa; Long before Warhol's Soup Cans, Jasper Johns Revolutionized Painting with Works That Were Right on Target
Byline: Peter Plagens In 1953, an intense, taciturn 23-year-old Southerner named Jasper Johns arrived in New York from a draftee's tour of duty in the Army. Johns was an aspiring artist, and at the time all the art hipsters were emulating Jackson...
Preview of a Post-U.S. World; the Ball Is in Everybody's Court, Which Means It's in Nobody's Court. This Free Ride Can't Last. the Global System Is Not Self-Managing
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Two things were missing from this year's world Economic Forum at Davos: snow (which arrived eventually) and America-bashing (which did not). There were, of course, lots of American businessmen, activists and intellectuals...
Project Green: This Ecofriendly House
Byline: Anne Underwood Michele Gries-Haber, 41, a marketing executive in Austin, Texas, composts, recycles and drives a hybrid car. So when she got mar-ried last year and decided to enlarge her house--a 1926 Craftsman-style bungalow--it was a no-brainer...
Taboo: Spanking Smackdown
Byline: Julie Scelfo The uproar over a California assemblywoman's announcement that she wants to make it illegal for parents to spank their own toddlers raises an interesting question: how many parents actually spank their kids? We may have to beat...
The Baggage They Carry; Will Pro-War Stances Hurt the GOP Hopefuls for '08?
Byline: Richard Wolffe (With Holly Bailey) Matt Dowd knows more about the politics of war than almost anyone who has worked inside Bush's inner circle. The president's long-time pollster was the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney campaign three...
The Banker & the Anchor; Maria Bartiromo's Relationship to a Top Citigroup Executive Has Kicked Up a Controversy. but CNBC Stands by Its 'Money Honey.'
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts The audience for business television skews heavily toward testosterone: traders, CEOs and other "Masters of the Universe," as author Tom Wolfe dubbed Wall Street's upper crust in "The Bonfire of the Vanities." How else...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham John Duncan was not convinced. As the Republican congressman from Tennessee sat listening to President Bush's State of the Union address, Duncan, who opposed the Iraq war from its outset, could not bring himself to agree with...
The Man without Doubt; in a Rare Print Interview, Dick Cheney Talks about Iraq, Iran, Chuck Hagel, His Image as 'Darth Vader' and Bob Woodward
Byline: Richard Wolffe A man with a reputation for secrecy and seclusion, Vice President Dick Cheney has spent the past few months out in public. He campaigned in the midterm elections, traveled to Saudi Arabia to talk security and eulogized former...
The Man with Two Brains; Whose Words These Are We Thought We Knew. but His Notebooks Show Robert Frost Discovering Himself
Byline: David Gates From the 1890s until he died in 1963, Robert Frost wrote down ideas, homemade aphorisms and fragments of poems. As one of his jottings says (God knows in what context), "I reel them off with one brain tied behind me." As you'd...
The True Cost of War
Byline: Weston Kosova (Written by Weston Kosova. With reporting by Arian Campo-Flores in Decatur, Gretel c. Kovach in Pflugerville, Babak Dehghanpisheh in Baghdad, Stefan Theil in Heidelberg, Dan Ephron, Eve Conant, Richard Wolffe, Daren Briscoe, Jonathan...
Will Oscar Finally Toast Peter O'Toole? the Legend on Awards, Aging-And Good Scotch
Byline: Nicki Gostin It's a bit of a shock when Peter O'Toole enters a room. He's unsteady on his feet--he's 74--and his piercing blue eyes are rheumy with age. You get the feeling that a strong wind might knock him down. But his shirt collar is...