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. 150, No. 15, October 8

A New Ambivalence
Byline: Debra Rosenberg; With Eve Conant, Martha Brant and Karen Springen Long a black-and-white issue, abortion is now seen more as an argument to be fostered, not settled. Although plenty of people are passionate about abortion, few of them...
A Schmoozer Shares All
Byline: Jonathan Alter LBJ has 'compulsive, even lunatic strains.' Rumsfeld is 'the rottenest.' Gore has a 'mystical fervor.' Or so wrote Schlesinger in his journals In recent years, keeping political diaries has fallen out of fashion. I blame...
As Pure as the Driven Snow
Byline: Anna Kuchment ***** In "As Pure as the Driven Snow" (Tip Sheet, Oct. 8), we said that Pur and Brita faucet-mounted filters reduce lead but not mercury or copper. In fact, they reduce both lead and mercury but not copper. NEWSWEEK regrets...
A War Reporter's Last Great Dispatch
Byline: Jon Meacham It is, in a way, his final testament. When David Halberstam was killed in a car accident in California in April, he had just finished "The Coldest Winter," a compelling and engaging history of the Korean War. NEWSWEEK's Jon Meacham...
Beliefwatch: Anglican Angst
Byline: Matthew Philips What happens when the Archbishop of Canterbury and 150 Episcopal bishops meet in New Orleans to talk about gay rights? Predictably (temporizing is an Anglican hallmark), it's hard to tell. Despite heaps of press over a meeting...
Bite Your Tongue
Byline: Sharon Begley Whether it's a grandpa in the 1993 movie "Grumpy Old Men" calling someone "you dumb friggin' Swede" or your elderly neighbor referring to a black nurse as "a colored girl," the stereotype of un-P.C. old folks is borne out by...
Blood in the Streets
Byline: George Wehrfritz And Joe Cochrane; With Jonathan Kent In Kuala Lumpur And Anuj Chopra In Rangoon The generals may be able to reassert control, but they are not likely to kill the spirit of resistance shown by the country's brave monks. ...
Daughter, Twin, Author
Byline: Lorraine Ali ***** CORRECTION: We said that Jenna Bush had flashed the devil's horns, a favorite hand sign of Ozzy Osbourne's, during an official First Family appearance ("Daughter, Twin, Author," Oct. 8). In fact, the gesture is also...
Heard on the Street
Byline: Maziar Bahari Why America is losing the 'sticks and stones' battle. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a lucky man. Even Amir supports him. Amir is a gay Iranian who left the country five years ago and now lives with his boyfriend...
How America Learned to Liberate
The campaign to free Italy foreshadowed battles to come, from Berlin to Fallujah. Few successful wars of liberation have been more roundly condemned or more quickly forgotten than the American-led campaign to free Italy, which began 64 years ago...
How to Cut Your Carbon Paw Print
Byline: Joan Raymond Derrick Mains, 34, of Mesa, Ariz., considers himself a green kind of guy. He recycles, doesn't litter and eats organic. But Mains, an environmental consultant, still feels eco-guilty. That's why he buys his two rescue dogs,...
Just Don't Call Me Mr. Mom
Byline: Brian Braiker; With Anna Kuchment And Charlene Dy This generation of fathers is more involved in child care than ever. NEWSWEEK's Brian Braiker spent a year at home with his daughter. His report from the front. One afternoon, when my...
Legends of the Fall
Byline: Anna Kuchment It's time to hit the stores in search of those few items that will help you look hot as the weather cools. TIP SHEET asked Faran Krentcil, editor of fashionista.com, what to buy: Long leather gloves. "I can't champion these...
Mail Call: Greenspan on America's Economic Course
Readers commenting on our cover story "The World According to Greenspan" weighed in on the economist's book excerpt and tenure in Washington. "If it were possible to nominate a president for domestic affairs, I would float the name of former Federal...
Meet Me, Myself and I
Byline: Jessica Bennett Eve Fairbanks knew something was up when her mother drove six hours to her college just to have lunch. After a meal of risotto came the moment of truth: "I know about the porn," Mom told her. It was an honest mistake: Eve's...
Missing the Past, Embracing the Future
Byline: Gayatree Siddhanta Sarma; Sarma Lives In Poughkeepsie, N.Y. My idyllic childhood may be gone forever, but through my daughter, a new one awaits. This summer, I took my 6-YEAR-old daughter, Priya, to the county fair. Because we live in...
Mitt's Mission
Byline: Jonathan Darman And Lisa Miller; With Elise Soukup And Daniel Mcginn Voters can't connect with a candidate they feel they don't know. Mitt Romney has to decide how much he wants to share. For Mitt Romney, it all started in a two-story,...
Northern Exposure
Byline: Michael Isikoff And Tony Hopfinger Hillary Clinton and other Democrats recently returned hefty campaign contributions after learning that top "bundler" Norman Hsu was a fugitive. Now Republicans on Capitol Hill are wrestling with how to...
Payday Loans Can Be A Trap
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn; Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld One employee got disgusted when he saw a customer had paid $8,000 in fees on a $375 loan. 'That made the picture clear.' Why do you think that people get stuck in mortgages they can't...
Perspectives
"Give us freedom! Give us freedom!" Antigovernment protesters led by Buddhist monks during a demonstration in Burma against the country's repressive junta. At least 13 people have been killed in clashes with military and police. "You know, the...
Reaching across the Aisle on Iraq
Byline: Michael Hirsh Donald Rumsfeld had little stomach for talking to members of Congress, Democrat or Republican. But his successor as Defense secretary, Robert Gates, can't seem to get enough of them -- especially Democrats. This summer, Gates...
Sleepwalking toward DD-Day
Byline: George F. Will Congress, creating yet another entitlement, is not at all inhibited by the Law of Holes, which is: When you are in a hole, quit digging. Last Thursday was 96 days before DD-Day, the day the Demographic Deluge begins. That...
Taking the Junk out of Junk Food
Byline: Jennifer Ordonez How Frito-Lay is re-engineering its munchies to make healthier snacks Except for the occasional oversize bag of naked Cheetos lying around (they're not yet covered in fluorescent orange cheese flavoring), the maze of...
The Constitution in Peril
Byline: Christopher Dickey The War on Terror didn't start as an attack on Americans' rights, but several new books argue that's exactly what happened. A slew of recent books about the Bush administration's wars (at home as well as abroad) might...
The Darkest Secret
Byline: Teri Hatcher By revealing the painful story of her sexual abuse as a child, actress Teri Hatcher hopes to help other victims. I'm 7. "Do you want to go with me?" asks my uncle. I wanted to go. I remember that. I remember feeling excitement...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Mitt Romney wants to make clear -- respectfully but unmistakably -- that he is not George W. Bush. Aboard his campaign plane last week in California, en route from Redding to Hayward, Jonathan Darman and Lisa Miller asked Romney,...
The Hollywood War Front
Byline: David Ansen Angry filmmakers are gung-ho on Iraq movies, but the war as entertainment is proving to be a tough sell to audiences. After a screening of his incendiary Iraq War movie, "Redacted," at the Toronto Film Festival last month,...
The 'New Dad'? Give Me a Break
Byline: Lorraine Ali My 4-year-old is asking for apple juice, all we have is margarita mix and I have two deadlines and 400 e-mails to attend to before I can make it to the market. As for my husband? I believe Raj hasn't seen the inside of a grocery...
The Next Musharraf
Byline: Ron Moreau And Zahid Hussain; With Mark Hosenball In Washington A Westernized, chain-smoking spy could soon become the most powerful man in Pakistan. Pervez Musharraf could hardly be flattered to think why some people are so eager for...
The Power of the Sun
Byline: Daniel Mcginn The search for renewable-energy sources is making clean-tech jobs hot. Brad Mohring had reached a crossroads. Until recently the 31-year-old design engineer had worked for a Toledo, Ohio-based company that builds manufacturing...
The Real Sputnik Story
Byline: Sharon Begley Forget the hype. The '57 launch wasn't such a big shock. On the Saturday morning in 1957 after the Soviet Union launched the world's first manmade satellite and inaugurated the space age, President Dwight Eisenhower played...
There's No Inflation (If You Ignore Facts)
Byline: Daniel Gross Imagine that a cardiologist told you that aside from the irregular heartbeat, the stratospheric cholesterol count and a little blockage in your aorta, your core heart functions are just fine. That's precisely what the government's...
The Rich Get Richer
Byline: Joshua Alston Money never goes out of style, but after a long hiatus, the wealthy-family drama is starting a new dynasty. The Darling family makes a striking first impression. We meet them, in the new ABC show "Dirty Sexy Money," as they're...
Tough Talk from the Top
Byline: Lally Weymouth With leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, two very different presidents seek support for the changes they hope to bring to their homelands. Palestinian Authority Pres. Mahmoud Abbas When...
'We've Got to Fix Ourselves'
Byline: Jonathan Darman and Lisa Miller In an interview with NEWSWEEK, the GOP presidential hopeful looks for some separation from the president. High above California, between campaign stops last week, presidential candidate Mitt Romney submitted...