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 May 14

Accidents Will Happen. ATVs Are Cool to Ride, but Thousands of Kids Are Getting Hurt, and Some Are Dying
Byline: Julie Scelfo It was supposed to be fun. hanging out with his cousin on a sunny Texas afternoon in 2005, B. J. Smith, then 15, decided to go for a spin on his uncle's new all-terrain vehicle. Even though the boys had been told not to go near...
A Festival with No Mess
Byline: Lorraine Ali Three campers lounge outside their tent, on folding chairs, in a circle, listening to iPods. Just down the grass path at another campsite, a young woman carefully wipes the dust off her feet with a Wet One. This is Generation...
A President's Ultimate Test
Byline: Michael Beschloss When friends heard I was writing a book on presidential courage, some of them turned snarky: "Was there ever such a thing?" they would ask. They presumed all of our presidents have been versions of what seems to be the...
A Quiet Prayer for Democracy
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Over the past five years, president bush has made various efforts to reform the Arab world. They have all stumbled over one enormous obstacle. In the region, the people who win elections are not democrats. They seem to believe...
Attack of the Diet Cokes; It's the One Addiction People Will Admit to. but Will Diet Coke-Now 25 Years Old-Be the Same If It Comes with Vitamins?
Byline: Jerry Adler (With Matthew Philips, Anne Underwood, Karen Springen and Joan Raymond) For most of the last century vice was defined by critic Alexander Woollcott's remark that everything he liked was "illegal, immoral or fattening." That,...
A World of Cheer! Kids Abroad Are Flocking to the Most All-American of Sports. the Next Powerhouse? China, of Course
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores Two weeks ago, at the annual Cheerleading Worlds-- the Super Bowl of spirit competitions--spectators held their breath when the squad from China's Nanning Middle School No. 26 took the mat. In its first international competition...
Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes; Having a Baby Is an Expensive Proposition. How Expensive? More Than You Can Imagine. the Key to Surviving with Your Wallet Intact Is to Expect the Unexpected
Byline: Jennifer Ordonez Stay-at-home mothers just got a little more ammunition against their working counterparts in the mommy wars. It seems that if homemakers were ever paid for the myriad jobs they perform--from chef to chauffeur to psychologist--they'd...
BeliefWatch: Taxi!
Byline: Lisa Miller (With Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus) Who are you for? The cabbies or the airport commission? In Minneapolis, that most open-minded of American cities, the debate has gotten vicious. This week the airport will begin imposing strict...
Card-Inal Rules
Byline: Linda Stern Debit or credit? The answer is in: shoppers love their debit cards and use them more often than any other form of payment. Sure, they are convenient. But if you're going to use your debit card regularly, do it right. ^ Get...
China's Wrong Turn on Trade; by Accident or Design, China Has Embraced Export-Led Economic Growth. the Centerpiece Is a Wildly Undervalued Exchange Rate
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson It sometimes seems that almost everything we buy comes from China: DVD players, computers, shoes, toys, socks. This is, of course, a myth. In 2006, imports from China totaled $288 billion, about 16 percent of all U.S....
Collateral Disasters; in Afghanistan's Lopsided Ethos, Every Civilian Death Counts against the Americans
Byline: Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau The shopkeepers glower as an American military patrol rumbles past the village bazaar at Afghany, some 80 miles northeast of Kabul. Mohammad Qayam and Ghul Jan are still seething about the precision U.S. airstrike...
Generational Tensions; the Sons and Daughters of Some Iconic Republicans (Ike! T.R.!) Are Contemplating Crossing the Aisle
Byline: Michael Hirsh Susan Eisenhower is an accomplished professional, the president of an international consulting firm. She also happens to be Ike's granddaughter--and in that role, she's the humble torchbearer for moderate "Eisenhower Republicans."...
Health: Someone on Your Side
Byline: Joan Raymond Therese Potoczny, an insurance executive from Lake in the Hills, Ill., considers herself a savvy health consumer. But when her mother was whisked to a local emergency room and then hospitalized after experiencing severe spinal...
Hopper: The Quiet Man
Byline: Peter Plagens In an art world filled with big, raucous abstract paintings--not to mention video installations as jumpy and noisy as action movies--a museum exhibition of a 20th-century realist could seem stiff, dated, cramped and, well,...
'I Learned How to Take Hard Blows'
Byline: Holly Bailey John McCain was never a pretty boxer. "I whaled away," he recalls. Short and scrawny at 127 pounds, he was underestimated by classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy. But he charged his opponents, throwing punches until someone...
Is Murdoch a Force Too Hard to Resist?
Byline: Allan Sloan The Wall Street Journal is a journalistic giant. Alas, its owner, Dow Jones, is a stock-market pygmy. That contrast is why Dow Jones is so utterly vulnerable to the takeover bid being mounted by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., and...
Let's Get Physical; They Started the Running Craze and Aerobics. Now They're Finding New Ways to Keep Their Bodies Young
Byline: Mary Carmichael ATTENTION, BABYBOOMERS: if you aero-bicized religiously in the '80s, slacked off and got a little flabby during the '90s, and now find yourself pondering a pre-retirement return to exercise, NEWSWEEK would like to offer you...
Love's Labor's Lost; 'Away from Her' Is a Heartbreaking Look at a Marriage Broken by Alzheimer's. but It's Far from Sentimental
Byline: David Ansen The easy and lazy way to describe "Away From Her" is to say that it's a movie about a woman (Julie Christie) with Alzheimer's. There's nothing factually wrong with that sentence, but it conjures up the image of a sentimental...
Mail Call: Mourning the Victims of a Campus Massacre
Among the expressions of grief, outrage and condolences in response to our April 30 cover story on the massacre at Virginia Tech were letters from the school's faculty, students, alums and parents. "It breaks my heart that something so tragic happened...
Newsmakers
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh, Nicki Gostin Lauren Graham Last week the CW network canceled its motormouth dramedy "The Gilmore Girls." Lauren Graham, who has played Lorelai for all seven years, spoke to Nicki Gostin. Are you very upset? Noooo!...
No Such Thing as an 'Average' Family; Growing Up without a Father, I Felt as If There Was Something Missing. My Job Taught Me Otherwise
Byline: Peggy Drexler We were an average suburban Philadelphia family--with one big difference. My father died when I was 3 1/2. There were always reminders of his absence: the class assignment to make Father's Day cards, the father-daughter dances....
Perspectives
"I didn't lecture him, and he didn't lecture me." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on her talk with Syria's foreign minister, the first high-level diplomatic U.S.-Syrian contact in more than two years "Look at this square, Mr. Prime Minister,...
Running on Empty; at First I Ran to Hide Addiction. Now I Run to Stay Clean
Byline: Michael Lebowitz I'm an addict/alcoholic. Pretty much everything I do reflects this part of me. Perhaps the best way to describe the nature of me in the world is to say, in a phrase from the Eagles, that I've wanted "everything, all the...
Still the Brightest
Byline: Anna Quindlen I first met David Halberstam when he was living with one of my friends. I arrived for dinner wearing a black tunic and pants; he said I looked like a Vietnamese peasant. I wasn't even miffed. A Vietnam reference from the man...
The Contenders: An Admiring Crowd; They Hope to Be in Position to Make the Tough Choices Required by a President. A Glimpse into Who'd Provide Their Inspiration
Asked by NEWSWEEK to pick presidents who displayed uncommon courage, the 2008 contenders gave many of the same names. Eight of 16 selected Lincoln; seven mentioned Truman, and seven, all Republicans, chose Reagan. Hillary Clinton cited Lyndon B. Johnson's...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham When Michael Beschloss was a student at Williams College, he studied with James MacGregor Burns, the landmark historian of the years of Franklin Roosevelt. Michael's undergraduate thesis produced both his first book, "Kennedy...
The Truman Primary
***** CORRECTION: Correction: In "The Truman Primary" we incorrectly stated that Harry Truman was the first politician to call for universal health care. In fact, it was Theodore Roosevelt. We regret the error. ***** Byline: Evan Thomas (With...
'They Are All Enemies'; as Olmert Fights for His Political Life, Hamas Waits
Byline: Kevin Peraino In 1997, a team of Mossad hitmen broke into a house in Amman, Jordan, where Khaled Meshal was sleeping. The agents smeared a lethal poison onto the Hamas leader's neck. But when the operation was exposed, Israel's then prime...
Trashing the Tube; Is Internet TV Finally Here? Flip Open Your Laptop and Find out. the Lassie Channel Is Only the Beginning
Byline: Steven Levy (With Emily Flynn Vencat in London) Disruption isn't what it used to be. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are known for marching into an industry and turning its business model into chopped meat. They made deadbeats of the music...
Who's the Boss at Home? the World's Most Vocal Executive Tends to Keep Mum about Being a Dad. Here's How He Cares for His Littlest Apprentice
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh He's a real-estate developer, a reality-TV star and a published author. But the job that Donald Trump doesn't talk much about? Being a dad. After raising four children from two previous marriages--Donald Jr., 29; Ivanka, 25;...